Bill Duane, Google’s Superintendent of Well-Being who leads many of the company’s mindfulness programs, walked participants through a reflective exercise to focus attention, foster compassion, and support sustainable high performance. As “descendants of nervous monkeys”, Duane explained that humans are wired to react to stress with either fight or flight reflexes – responses poorly suited to the modern workplace. Humans must therefore retrain ourselves through mindfulness exercises to respond with compassion, rather than react with defensiveness.
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