15:00 - 15:30
Avoid the digital trap. Try Mindfulness.

Short thesis

Organizations try to live up to our fast paced digital world by building digital labs, startup-like cultures and experimenting with new ways of working. However, trying to just follow the speed of a digitized world soon becomes a trap.

Jan-Philipp went to a monastery in the Myanmar jungle, meditating from sunrise to sundown to learn a century-old technique that can avoid falling into this "digital trap". While the technique helps to lead ourselves and others more effectively, we can also scale it to the entire organization.

Research, Google, SAP and others have already proven that happier employees and higher productivity are well accepted side effects.


Every morning you are woken up by your mobile, quickly checking your mails and then returning back to it on average every 10 minutes before you set your alarm clock for the next morning.

Digitalization has not only drastically changed our own lifes but also the way our overall organization functions. Maybe you have recognized your colleagues suddenly wearing jeans rather suits, are talking about Agile and Design Thinking and your corridors are now crowded with chat areas and decorated with colored post-its.

Trying to keep up with the pace of digitalization is one way to cope this new reality. However, Jan-Philipp argues that organizations will fall into a “digital trap” if they try to constantly follow and accelerate.

He believes that organizations need to enable taking conscious pauses. Rather focusing on new-age trends Startup-like cultures or Digital labs, a century-old mindfulness technique helps to turn the digital trap into an opportunity.  

This technique, in essence, is about monitoring present-moment experiences with acceptance. It helps leaders, teams and organizations to pause between stimulus and response.

Jan-Philipp will build this interactive discussion by connecting experiences from Myanmar monasteries and his work as a managing consultant focusing on designing digital organizations.