In today’s complex, fast-paced, always-on world, our ability to perform at our best is challenged. Many of us feel under pressure to deliver results in the face of competing demands on our time and attention. In this book, Rasmus Hougaard, Jacqueline Carter, and Gillian Coutts, share simple, yet profound tools and techniques to enhance performance, creativity, and wellbeing at work. The premise is that we can rewire the brain to be responsive rather than reactive so we can do more of the right things as opposed to just lots of things. The key is getting One Second Ahead leveraging the power of corporate mindfulness. The book is based on 10 years of development and research results from the work of Potential Project – the global leader in customized organizational mindfulness programs. It includes insights and experiences working with hundreds of global brands including Accenture, Nike, Microsoft, American Express and many more. Further, it is based on the latest scientific understanding of the plasticity of the brain and how it can be trained to be more focused and effective. One Second Ahead is a proven formula for enhancing performance and wellbeing at work and includes: • Practical, easy to apply, tools and techniques to enhance performance and effectiveness in day to day work activities such as meetings, emails, communication, planning, creativity and more • Real-world stories of how mindfulness changed the workdays of leaders and front line employees • Tips for cultivating mental strategies and routines that can reduce clutter, increase focus, and rewire your brain to enhance presence, patience, kindness and other valuable mind states • Simple yet detailed step-by-step instructions for a more systematic approach to mindfulness training to enhance focus and awareness • Guidelines for a 10-minute-per-day mindfulness program that can reshape your life both at work and at home • A reproducible planning worksheet and further resources in the Appendix. By following these guidelines, One Second Ahead can transform individuals and organizations by helping everyone realize more of their potential through greater focus and awareness.
'"One Second Ahead provides practical tools and techniques as well as real-world examples and lessons from organizations that have implemented mindfulness on a large scale. ... One Second Ahead is a worthy addition to the armoury of every busy executive and essential reading for anyone striving to enhance their productivity and well-being in today's fast-paced work life." (Credit Control, Vol. 37 (2), 2016)"One Second Ahead is a timely addition to the repertoire of individuals striving to enhance their productivity and well-being in a fast-paced work life through the application of mindfulness training techniques." Manish Chopra, PhD, Partner, McKinsey and Co., and author of The Equanimous Mind"In One Second Ahead, Rasmus Hougaard describes in layman's terms how the brain works and the impacts of stress in an 'always on' culture. The authors provide hope through easy to understand practices, anyone can integrate mindfulness into daily routines and overcome the barriers that get in the way of reaching our full potential. The combination of science, mindfulness practices and business application make this a must read for employees and leaders at all levels in organizations." Meghan Seybold, Senior Manager of Diversity Leadership Initiatives, Royal Bank of Canada"One Second Ahead arrives at a critical time for executives and our modern workforce. Leaders and employees are struggling to keep up with increasing amounts of information and demands on their time and ultimately their attention. Here the author's practical translation of mindfulness techniques to the workplace offers us all the opportunity to bring greater focus and presence to our work life and ultimately deliver higher impact performance. If you are interested in unlocking you and your teams full potential then start with One Second Ahead." Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, the LEGO Group"Imagine taking the power of ancient wisdom, the effectiveness of research-proven practices, and the extensive, in-depth experience of teaching these skills in a wide range of organizational settings and you have the empowering book you hold in your hands. With clarity and eloquence, One Second Ahead reveals how the training of the mind can bring any member of a corporate team to a more productive, rewarding, and innovative way of being in the workplace." Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine, Executive Director, Mindsight Institute, Author, Mindsight, Brainstorm, and The Mindful Brain"One Second Ahead is brilliant in its clarity and simplicity. Finally we have a highly usable guide to applying the practices of mindfulness at work." Michele Milan, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Programs, Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto"Rasmus Hougaard and The Potential Project have cleverly combined two hot topics in today's work life: mindfulness and working more effectively. You can find thousands of useful books on both topics, but Rasmus has gone one step further. Putting together a great variety of work techniques with mindfulness creates an extremely powerful toolset for any professional who not only wants more from him/herself, but is also interested in own self's wellbeing." Jouni Torunen, HR Director, Nokia"One Second Ahead is a major contribution to bringing not only more sanity and mindfulness at the work place but also a more caring and open-minded attitude in all walks of life. Highly recommended." Matthieu Ricard, humanitarian and Buddhist monk, author of Altruism: How Compassion Can Change Your Life and the World."In One Second Ahead Rasmus Hougaard ingeniously applies time-tested ancient methods of mental training to practical day-to-day circumstances that are regularly encountered in the business world. This book is bound to be of much practical benefit to all those who seek a more satisfying,
Rasmus Hougaard is an internationally recognized authority on training the mind to be more focused, effective, and clear in an organizational context. Rasmus' background combines research in organizational development with a corporate career and more than 20 years of practicing and teaching mindfulness. He is the Founder and Managing Director of The Potential Project - the global leading provider of corporate mindfulness programs. The Potential Project has helped organizations like Microsoft, Accenture, Roche, Nike, American Express, General Electric, Citrix, Google, Sony, Societe Generale, KLM, IKEA, Royal Bank of Canada, Ogilvy, Carlsberg and many more develop organizational excellence and helped thousands of individuals lead happier, kinder and more effective work lives. Jacqueline Carter has over 20 years of consulting and management experience helping organizations manage change and achieve results. She is passionate about helping individuals and organizations realize their potential through training the mind. She is a Partner of The Potential Project International and Director of The Potential Project North America. Her clients include Google, Sony, American Express, Royal Bank of Canada, and Suncor to name a few. Jacqueline is a contributor to The Huffington Post and has appeared on Channel News Asia Breakfast Television, as well as radio talk shows. Gillian Coutts has over 20 years of experience as a leader and change agent in the sales and operations functions of large corporations. She has worked across a range of industries including retail, government, transport, oil and gas, and human services. Gillian is a Partner with The Potential Project Australia. Her clients include Yahoo!7, Telstra, BUPA, and large not-for-profit organizations. She also sits on a number of boards and regularly speaks on integrating mindfulness into leadership, work life, and - following her own wake-up call of cancer diagnosis and treatment - programs for post-traumatic growth.