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Nurturing Innovation at Intel through Mindfulness


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Intel IT employees are incorporating mindfulness practices into their daily work styles. Benefits include greater focus and reduced stress.

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Nurturing Innovation at Intel through Mindfulness

  1. 1. Nurturing Innovation at Intelthrough MindfulnessQua Veda, Intel ITFebruary 2013
  2. 2. Legal NoticesThis presentation is for informational purposes only. INTEL MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN THIS SUMMARY.Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.Copyright © 2013, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.2 Copyright © 2013, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.
  3. 3. What do Business Leaders and Employees Want? Leaders want to realize business goals • Bold new ideas • Fully engaged employees Employees want trust, and a balanced life. According to recent research, 71% of American workers are not fully Intel is discovering that mindfulness practices engaged in their work. address all of these aspirations. Businesses are operating at one third of their capacity. Mindfulness is one of the best kept secrets in business today3 Copyright © 2013, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.
  4. 4. What is Mindfulness?Simple practices that integrate mind and body• Full awareness of the present moment• Cultivation of healthy heart/mind habits• Can be experienced anywhere, in a few moments• Promotes holistic wellness• Improves executive functions of the brain Science shows that mindfulness improves brain functioning4 Copyright © 2013, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.
  5. 5. Business is Learning What Science Knows• A healthy mind emerges from a process called “integration”• Essential activities are necessary for optimum mental health• Practice enables your brain to Billions of brain cells coordinate and balance its activities Trillions of connections• These essential mental activities Neuroimaging shows strengthen your brains internal mindfulness-related techniques promote connections and your connections with significant changes in other people and the world around you critical cognitive areas.5 Copyright © 2013, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.
  6. 6. Intel Employees Embrace Mindfulness Grass-roots sharing/learning about mindfulness • Began with a few employee experienced in mindfulness practice • Shared weekly with other employees during the noon hour • Connected with like-minded employees, word of mouth, blogging Employees co-created an 8-week mindfulness pilot program • Intel’s mindfulness program gained management support • Benefits noticed immediately by attendees • Helped participants focus, reduce stress, innovate Soon, business groups across Intel requested pilot programs.6 Copyright © 2013, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.
  7. 7. Intel’s Mindfulness Program - Course Arc Cultivating Relational Presence Intelligence Stilling Emotional Theory of The Ripple the Mind Intelligence Emergence Effect Setting Risk Taking & Intentions Vulnerability The course begins with a focus on self-awareness and moves to interpersonal relationships & collective intelligence and innovation.7 Copyright © 2013, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.
  8. 8. Mindfulness Gets ResultsParticipants in 8-week mindful engineering pilot reported Higher levels of: • Clarity and focused attention • Improved work effectiveness and creativity • Improved relationships with co-workers Reduced levels of: • Mental and emotional stress • Sense of overwhelm “Without mindful engineering … the same breakthroughs would have taken much, much longer.” - pilot participant .8 Copyright © 2013, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.
  9. 9. Participants Sum It Up I am very excited about this work (mindfulness). In my 12 years at Intel Ive never seen anything like this. Small steps like this that change our culture are vital to our business success and our personal success. This is significant! - 8-week pilot participant I was a bit uncomfortable jumping into this space, but some on my team had tried it and the results were too incredible to ignore. - 8-week pilot participant “A program such as this should be considered a foundational building block program for all employees”- 8-week participant.9 Copyright © 2013, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.
  10. 10. Business is taking noticeWe are demonstrating the power ofemployees to lead from inside.We are gaining engagement,empowerment, focus, and new ways ofsolving problems.More business groups at Intel arerequesting and funding mindfulnessprograms. Recent articles from the press are reporting successful application of mindfulness in corporations, in the military, and in education.10 Copyright © 2013, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.
  11. 11. Sharing Intel IT Best Practices with the World Learn more about Intel IT’s initiatives at Copyright © 2013, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.