We all want less stress and more success. We know we are better leaders when we harness our innate energy, respond nimbly to challenges and end each day revitalized. But how can we elevate our game when we have difficulty just keeping up?
I created Executive Sutra to help leaders amplify their performance and deepen their fulfillment in all areas of life. I am passionate about helping one another to become balanced & successful, while leading sustainable organizations. Executive Sutra is a premier wellness service for leaders, bringing yoga wisdom, tools & practices to the business world through online content, 1:1 coaching and corporate workshops.
Ten years ago, there was a capacity shortage on Nature Valley granola bars, for which I led manufacturing and operations at General Mills. Traveling to our factories and listening to daily sales calls with customer demands, it was extremely stressful to ensure production was increasing. During this time, I found a meditation and yoga workshop at the headquarters in Golden Valley, Minnesota. After just 3 sessions, I noticed its impact on my ability to navigate the barrage of emails and back-to-back meetings, and still thrive under pressure. I had more energy, clearer focus and increased compassion for my colleagues and our customers; so much so that I was offered a marketing role at General Mills, an unheard of move for someone from manufacturing. I continued to practice yoga and meditation during my studies at Harvard Business School, and later as a management consultant in NYC, and as an advisor to the CEO of a global non-profit.
But when I mention yoga to my colleagues at networking events, most people say "Oh, I can't do that, I'm not flexible." Our cultural view of yoga is putting your foot behind your head or meditating on a mountaintop or taking a sweaty 90 minute class. I know, from the experience of integrating into my business life the tools I learned as a yoga teacher and executive coach, that yoga is both accessible and applicable. There are simple, 2 to 3 minute breathing techniques, poses, meditations and philosophy reflections that directly improve your performance as a modern executive. The actual goal of yoga, while not widely known, is to calm the mind so it can concentrate without distraction. [Yoga Sutra 1.2, from The Heart of Yoga by Desikachar, p. 149]
I believe that being a good manager and leader is part of our dharma, our duty -- as a responsibility to our employees, shareholders and customers. We spend more time at work than anywhere else, and 90% of illness is stress-related. Employees are actively disengaged and changing jobs every year or even more frequently. As executives, we have the opportunity to positively impact the well-being of our employees, the performance of our organizations, & the business landscape overall, by simply managing ourselves better through tools such as those offered by Executive Sutra.
Imagine how things would change in your world, and the world at large, if you were able to, on a daily basis: revitalize & de-stress, create, empower yourself & others, lead from the heart, express yourself effectively, envision new strategies & connect to your core purpose. What would be possible for you while operating at this higher level?
I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel, youtube.com/ExecutiveSutra, or follow me on social to get the latest techniques for amplifying your performance as an executive. Get a chance to win a free month of Executive Sutra coaching when you like our FaceBook page, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, or subscribe to our youtube channel (one winner chosen each month). And look out for our ebook, Executive Sutra: Yoga Wisdom for Leaders, coming this Spring of 2015.
Be Well & Stay Focused,