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Mindful leadership expert, author, and former urban monk Pandit Dasa helps organizations create a mindful work culture—leading to greater workplace happiness, employee engagement and retention, and stronger rapport with customers.
Pandit Dasa inspires organizations to create a more mindful workplace by encouraging them to lead by example, appreciate the contributions of their colleagues, communicate mindfully and manage one’s emotions. He knows that mindful workplaces can lead not only to improved employee happiness and retention, but also greater rapport with customers, which can lead to increased profits and repeat business.
Pandit’s parents migrated to the U.S. from India in 1980 with very little money. He was just a little child and one of the first things his parents did to earn an income was to set up a small shop on the boardwalk on Venice Beach in Los Angeles, where he began to experience American culture for the first time.
In his book, Urban Monk, Dasa explains that he didn’t just wake up one day thinking to live in a monastery without money and minimal possessions.
After a lot of soul-searching, he decided to take a break from everything he could to figure out what he really wanted to do. He bought a ticket for India and decided to spend the month living in a monastery. But he fell in love with the lifestyle of living simply and decided to spend the next six months in India.
After his Indian visa expired, he returned to New York and realized that he wasn’t ready to live life with a 9-to-5 job, so he ended up spending 15 years in a monastery in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Having learned so much from the monkhood, he began sharing that wisdom with college students around the country. Now, in his post-monk life, he has been sharing messages of resilience, leadership, stress management, and work-life balance with people around the globe.
He has spoken to Google, NASA, Citibank, IBM, State Farm, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Kellogg’s, Cadillac, ADP, Nationwide Insurance, Whirlpool, SAP, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, AMC Theatres, Intel, WeWork, Royal Bank of Canada, AMC Networks, Novartis, Comcast, TD Ameritrade, JPMorgan Chase, The World Bank, World Government Summit, SHRM National Convention, Oracle HCM Convention and many others.
Pandit is the author of two books, Urban Monk and Closing the Apps: How to Be Mindful at Work and at Home.
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