Mindfulness in action: discovering how U.S. Navy SEALs build capacity for mindfulness in High-Reliability Organizations (HROs)

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Mindfulness in action : discovering how U.S. Navy SEALs build capacity for mindfulness in High-Reliability Organizations (HROs). / Fraher, Amy; Branicki, Layla Jayne; Grint, Keith.

In: Academy of Management Discoveries, Vol. 3, No. 3, 01.09.2017, p. 239-261.

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title = "Mindfulness in action: discovering how U.S. Navy SEALs build capacity for mindfulness in High-Reliability Organizations (HROs)",
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 multi-phase, multi-method 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 {\textquoteleft}mindfulness in action{\textquoteright}. Mindfulness in action occurs when HROs achieve an attentive yet flexible focus capable of incorporating multiple—sometimes competing—realities in order 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. ",
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