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How a 6 minute activity significantly improved CEO wellbeing

By January 17, 2016September 29th, 2023No Comments

In 2015 I asked a group of local CEO’s to participate in a first of its kind study (and help me with my Dissertation).  The results were fascinating!
If you or anyone you know has ever had to do a Thesis or Dissertation, you probably know that it can be very stressful and you just want it over. Well I did.
However looking back now 4 years later I can see that it was one of the most enriching experiences I have had in my life, because it helped me understand no matter who you are, being a human can be a tough gig some days, and in particularly when you have to Lead!
Margie Ireland. 

Ideas: CEO Research Study
Self Belief, Work Goals, Well Being CEOs – Dissertation (Ireland & McAdie, 2015)
How a 6-minute breathing exercise improved well being for CEOS

  • Previous research has shown that critical or negative self-talk can reduce a person’s self-belief or self-efficacy to achieve goals at work (also called career self-efficacy).
  • Other research has shown that males experience a greater decline in well-being than women if they are unable to achieve financial and career success.
  • Failure to achieve important goals can increase frequency of negative self-talk
  • Negative self-talk is described at the internal dialogue a person has about themselves that is critical.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has been shown to:

  • Assist a person to accept negative or critical thoughts as just thoughts;
  • This allows a person to continue with goal-directed behaviour and pursuits;
  • Which results in a person achieving more goals and have better overall well-being.


  • A 6 minute MBSR recording was selected to accommodate a busy CEO schedule
  • Listen to 4 times per week for 4 weeks
  • Two groups: control group (no MBSR) and active group (used MBSR)
  • Both groups completed pre and post measures including the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ). The GHQ is considered a reliable and valid screener for potential psychological issues impacting a person’s ability to carry out normal functions in the normal (non-clinical) population.


  • A statistical difference was found between the control and active group pre- and post-test GHQ scores. The active (used MBSR) group were higher for the GHQ which supported the hypothesis that MBSR positively influences general well-being.

If you would like try the same MBSR activity or know more about how MBSR  can help members of your team achieve more  Contact us here or Book a free 15-30 minute consult here
I hope this information is of value.
Margie Ireland, Leadership Coach and Psychologist (MAPS)


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