Thriving in a Down Economy - NewJersey Company Prospering by Tuning In

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By September 2008, financial scandals were making daily headline news. As long standing symbols of American capitalism were crumbling, presidential candidates' foretold a future of economic doom and gloom. Bombarded with desperately negative news, Americans were shocked into inertia. "Change" became the nation's mantra, yet the only visible changes were negative as bank failures, layoffs, and foreclosures dominated the headlines. As this negativity increased, stress, and fear of the future impacted consumer and business spending and it began to take root in the workplace. That is when New Jersey entrepreneur and CEO Anand "Andy" Khubani determined that keeping the staff of Ideavillage Products Corporation positive, focused, and eager to make a difference would require a new approach - It would take "Tuning In."

Laura Nash, president of Tuning In

Andy Khubani exemplifies a true leader, one who recognizes the exponential potential of empowering one's team. Forcing solutions, seeking to control, and overworking only produces diminishing results.

By September 2008, financial scandals were making daily headline news. As long standing symbols of American capitalism were crumbling, presidential candidates' foretold a future of economic doom and gloom. Bombarded with desperately negative news, Americans were shocked into inertia. "Change" became the nation's mantra, yet the only visible changes were negative as bank failures, layoffs, and foreclosures dominated the headlines.

As this negativity increased, stress, and fear of the future impacted consumer and business spending and it began to take root in the workplace. That is when New Jersey entrepreneur and CEO Anand "Andy" Khubani determined that keeping the staff of Ideavillage Products Corporation positive, focused, and eager to make a difference would require a new approach.

He knew that no ordinary initiative would help his employees overcome the torrent of bad news in the media, but he was confident that an extraordinary one could. Since that epiphany just 10 months ago, his initiative is proving a driving force behind the company's thriving revenues. Here is how his company changed its perspective and is prospering as a result.

Enlisting assistance and guidance from CEO consultant and business mentor, Laura Nash, president of Tuning In, the initiative, as basic as it may seem, was relatively simple: daily meditation. Said Nash, "Andy Khubani is not only providing 30 minutes every morning and 30 minutes every afternoon for employee meditation, he is doing so without asking a single employee to make up the meditation time on the front or back end of the day. The results are truly astonishing. Instead of 'losing time' the company is gaining clarity, focus, and most of all, thriving despite a tough economic environment."

Nash and the company are witnessing the power of "stilling the mind." Challenges are seen from new perspectives; change is embraced, and alternate paths are openly considered as they are presented. More important, the fear and anxiety that often permeates uncertain and troubling times are calmed. The effects are profound, both professionally and personally - from extraordinary success in launching several new product lines to individual employees experiencing lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, less illness, and reduced absenteeism. "Peace of mind is the cause of success, not the result," says Nash, adding, "Andy Khubani exemplifies a true leader, one who recognizes the exponential potential of empowering one's team. Forcing solutions, seeking to control, and overworking only produces diminishing results."    

For more information on business mentoring and Tuning In, visit http://www.tuningin.net or call 973.879.8179.

Established in 2000 and headquartered in Morristown, NJ, Tuning In is providing unique and visionary CEO and executive consulting, as well as business mentoring programs to an array of clientele from organizations such as Avaya, Sanofi-Aventis, Cognizant, and Clear Channel Communications, Inc. From cognitive training and stress reduction to leadership cultivation, Tuning In has helped transform key players' and staff perspectives resulting in a more positive and productive corporate culture as well as increased revenue and decreased expenses. Affiliated with the Chopra Center for Well-Being, Tuning In is a supporter of Alliance for a New Humanity, http://www.anhglobal.org

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