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Transcendental Meditation helps students in MBA competition
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23 August 2011
Recently, a team of graduate students from Maharishi University of Management won first place in an important business simulation competition. The competition required the students to show great focus while simultaneously maintaining a broad awareness of the parameters of the Capsim Foundation Simulation.
The students' teacher, Dr Andrew Bargerstock, said, 'This was an exercise that required them to be able to analyze a large volume of reports and to understand what were the drivers to creating excellence.'
The results of the competition were measured by a balanced scorecard, an assessment technique developed by Robert S Kaplan at Harvard University. The balanced scorecard is based on the idea that when you measure business performance you shouldn't be bound just by traditional financial numbers.
In that vein, there are four areas of measurement: financial numbers; customer needs and expectations; internal business processes; and growth and development.
Performance in these four areas was measured in each round. Students knew the parameters and that they would be judged on both short-term and long-term success.
Dr Bargerstock remarked, '[The competition] required that they have broad awareness and sharp focus every step of the way.'
He continued, relating these qualities to the students' daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation Technique. 'In the practice of Transcendental Meditation, just the mechanics of the meditation technique itself cultivates these two qualities of awareness.' The settling down of the mind during meditation 'helps us develop sharp focus spontaneously in activity'. And when the mind experiences its most settled state in the silent, unbounded field of transcendental consciousness, 'Maharishi indicates that this cultivates broad awareness in activity,' Dr Bargerstock said.
Executive Vice President of Maharishi University of Management, Dr Craig Pearson, brought out another dimension, mentioning that the combination of sharp focus and broad comprehension is the definition of the quality described in cognitive psychology as field independence.
'There are a number of studies on Transcendental Meditation that show that field independence improves significantly and rapidly with the practice.'
In fact, field independence is something that grows in childhood and, like intelligence, usually levels off in adolescence. But practising Transcendental Meditation has been shown to increase field independence long after it traditionally stops developing.
Dr Pearson concluded, 'For all of our students to have a technique that develops . . . that deep-structured capacity of the mind is really a great asset.'
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