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Business Leaders Who Swear By Meditation
by Jhaneel Lockhart and Melanie Hicken

Transcendental Meditation Blog, UK    Translate This Article
14 January 2015

''CEOs have stressful jobs, and some have taken to intense hobbies to find solace from the daily grind,'' reports Jhaneel Lockhart and Melanie Hicken in Business Insider magazine.

Read original article in Business Insider magazine.

''Some practise meditation—or even Transcendental Meditation, a technique derived about 50 years ago from ancient Indian practices.

''We've compiled a list of leaders who say that meditating gives an edge in the competitive business world. Some have even built it into their company's culture.''

Those listed include:

Tupperware CEO, Rick Goings, meditates daily. Goings told The Financial Times that Transcendental Meditation helps him focus.

Russell Simmons, the founder of the record label Def Jam, which launched the careers of Rihanna, Jay-Z, and Kanye West, has practiced Transcendental Meditation for four years and says regular practice of the technique has changed his life.

Ramani Ayer, for almost 20 years the Chairman and CEO of The Hartford Financial Services Group, a multibillion-dollar insurance company, says TM makes him a better decision-maker. Ayer has been practicing for more than 25 years, and says it has been ideally suited to his hectic life.

Steve Rubin, former Chief Executive and chairman of United Fuels International, says practicing TM gives him a 'competitive advantage' in the business world.

''I have the mental clarity and alertness for both laser-like focus on the details and for broad comprehension,'' he said.

Legal Sea Foods CEO Roger Berkowitz practices meditation for 20 minutes every morning.

Berkowitz told Inc. Magazine  the ritual is an important part of his day. ''The first thing I do in the morning is retreat to my den and meditate,'' he said. ''Sometimes, I'm wrestling with an issue before meditation, and afterward the answer is suddenly clear.

Bill George, a Harvard professor and former CEO of Medtronic, the world's largest medical technology company, is one of many business leaders who has introduced his staff to Transcendental Meditation. He dedicated one of his conference rooms at Medtronic's Minnesota HQ as a quiet space where employees could take a break.

In an article on his website, Bill George describes TM as one of the devices he uses to improve his decision-making, people skills and deal with stress. He took it up in 1975 and still practices it for 20 minutes twice a day.

Executive Management Associates CEO Nancy Slomowitz reduced her company's health care insurance costs by offering Transcendental Meditation classes to her employees. Slomowitz, who recently wrote ''Work Zone Madness: Surviving and Rising Above Workplace Dysfunction,'' has been practicing TM since she was a teenager, and decided to introduce the practice to her employees.

''TM produced tangible, practical benefits in both their professional and personal lives. The workplace environment soon grew from toxic to harmonious among other positive changes,'' she says.

Oprah Winfrey meditates twice daily with all her staff members at Harpo studios. In a TV interview she said that Transcendental Meditation had transformed her and her staffs' lives.

Marnie Abramson, who owns Tower Companies real estate firm, says that offering courses for her employees to learn Transcendental Meditation is the best way to increase productivity.

''I would say that arranging a TM course for your employees is probably the fastest, easiest, and least expensive way of getting more out of your workers than you could ever imagine,'' says Abramson.

Other leading executives listed in the Business Insider article include Mark Benioff and Andrew Cherng of Panda Express.

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