PRESENTATION: Professor Amy Fraher on “Mindfulness in Action” on the 4th of April

It is the absolute pleasure of TripleEd to welcome Professor Amy Fraher from Southampton University to us! As part of the visit Professor Fraher will, among other things, give a presentation on “Mindfulness in Action”. The presentation is based on a recently published article in Academy of Management Discoveries. The paper not only use interviews with Navy seals – which is interesting in and by itself, but also publically available videos as sources of data. The interesting methodology notwithstanding, the focus of the presentation is the findings for how to build resilient teams. Please find the abstract below.

 

WHERE: Samvetet (S507)
WHEN: 4th of April
TIME: 10.15-11.30

If you are interested in attending please let Markus (markus.hallgren (at) umu.se ) know since we might need a larger room.

You find the article here (or email Markus – see above)

ABSTRACT

This study of US Navy Sea Air and Land (SEAL) commandos contributes to research investigating mindfulness in high-reliability organizations (HROs) by identifying the individual and collective influences that allow SEALs to build capacity for mindful behaviors despite the complexity of their missions, the unpredictability of their operating environments, and the danger inherent in their work. Although the HRO literature identifies a number of hallmarks of reliability, less attention is paid to how mindfulness is operationally achieved in situ by individuals on the frontline working in HROs. This study addresses this gap using a multiphase, multimethod investigation of US Navy SEALs, identifying new links between individual mindfulness attributes (comfort with uncertainty and chaos) and collective mindfulness influences (a positive orientation towards failure) that combine to co-create a phenomenon we call “mindfulness in action.” Mindfulness in action occurs when HROs achieve an attentive yet flexible focus capable of incorporating multiple—sometimes competing—realities to assess alternative solutions and take action in dynamic situations. By providing a more nuanced conceptualization of the links between individual mindfulness attributes and collective mindfulness influences, this paper opens up new avenues of discovery for a wide range of reliability-seeking organizations. For supporting media please see https://vimeo.com/153223681.

 

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