(ep. 023) Bringing Spirituality into the Workplace with Dr. Judi Neal

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April 17, 2019

Dr. Judi Neal is an internationally recognized scholar, speaker, consultant, and the author of six books on workplace spirituality and transformation. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University and was an internal consultant to Honeywell. In 2009, Judi became the founding Director of the Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace at the University of Arkansas. Her research is on business leaders who have a strong commitment to their spirituality, and she’s studied how they bridged the spiritual world and the material world of business.

During my time at the University of Arkansas as a grad student, I was exploring spirituality and wanted to bring meaning to work. Because of this, I found myself drawn to Judi and eventually participated in an internship with her that left me with perspectives I still carry with me today.

It’s so refreshing to think about how to bring spirituality, and depth, and meaning into your work no matter where you work or what you do and that’s exactly what we’ll be discussing in today’s episode.

What you'll hear in this episode:

  • The two components Judi uses to define spirituality

  • What it looks like to bring more spirituality into the workplace

  • How bringing spirituality into the workplace can improve your mind climate and the overall atmosphere of the workplace

  • The benefits of focusing on what is going right and working to replicate that rather than focusing on problems and their solutions

  • How a recent study she conducted revealed that a common way organizations are incorporating spirituality in the workplace is by practicing mindfulness meditation

  • Judi’s advice for how to start incorporating more spirituality in your work

  • Why it’s so important to not associate spirituality practices in the workplace with religion

  • How bringing spirituality into her work has positively impacted Judi’s life


Links and Resources:

Reference Material:
Dr. Judi Neal’s Website
Dr. Judi Neal’s Book | Spiritually and Developmentally Mature Leadership: Towards an Expanded Understanding of Leadership in the 21st Century (Management, Change, Strategy and Positive Leadership)
Dr. Judi Neal’s Book | Creating Enlightened Organizations
Dr. Judi Neal’s Other Books
Dr. Judi Neal’s Annotated List of Workplace Spirituality Organizations 2018
Lynne Twist and Jack Canfield’s Book | The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life
Lynne Twist and Teresa Barker’s Book | The Soul of Money: Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources
Barry Heermann’s Book | Noble Purpose: Igniting Extraordinary Passion for Life and Work
Gallup’s StrengthsFinder 2.0
Chicken Soup for the Soul
TEDx Talk | The Simple Cure for Loneliness | Baya Voce

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