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26: Practice Mindfulness to Adapt Quickly in Rapidly Changing Tech Environments (Nitya Shekar – Learning and Development Manager, AppNexus)

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One of the most dynamic aspects of the tech industry is the regular shift in organizational structure, priorities, and/or teams that occur as the business positions itself to best accomplish it’s objectives and meet market demands.

Navigating all of that change from both a personal and professional standpoint can be difficult to say the least. Today’s featured Empjoyee, Nitya Shekar, sheds some light on how she’s been able to incorporate a daily practice of mindfulness to stay centered and adapt amidst a world of ambiguity and change.


Listen to this episode now to learn how to:

  • Incorporate mindfullness into your daily activities (without having to add a brand new meditation practice)
  • Design impactful experiences based on best practices Nitya has discovered first-hand
  • Adapt to constantly changing work environments so you can navigate shifts in priorities, team structures, and budget and focus on the work that you need to get done do in the midst of it all

TL;DL (Too long; Didn’t Listen): 3 Actionable Takeaways

  • Explore one-on-one coaching opportunities for your career to get insight into your current actions and establish actionable plans to realize the possibilities that are available to you
  • Train the focus muscle of your brain by starting a practice of mindfullness rather than “mindlessness” by simply choosing to take note of things taking place during your everyday activities.
  • Establish the lifestyle, work environment, and type of people you want to work with by design from the onset when looking to move to the next stage of your career journey

But wait there’s more! Share your #1 takeaway with today’s featured Empjoyee and other Empjoyees in the Empjoyment community!

From Insight to Action

“If you want it, it is wanted” – Nitya’s Coaches Training Institute 

Nitya’s recommendation to help Empjoyees take action in the next 7 days was to .

  1. Identify 1 project that you know would move you forward in your journey that you’ve been putting off starting for one reason or another
  2. Break it down into the various parts/steps that would be needed to accomplish it.
  3. Commit to taking the 1st step today to just get started

Your Joyney:  Come share with us the project you identified, this first step to making progress, and when you commit to taking that 1st step over in Empjoyment Community.  (use the hashtag #joyney26 so we can continue to share no matter when you see this!)


Additional Resources to Accelerate your Growth

Getting to Know Today’s Featured Empjoyee: Nitya Shekar!

Nitya Shekar works in Learning & Development at AppNexus, designing and facilitating programs focused on “smart skills,” including emotional intelligence, team effectiveness, good management, and personal and professional growth.

Originally from Houston and now a full New Yorker, she is also a certified leadership coach and consultant. Her background is in Psychology (Rice ’07) and Law (Harvard ’10).

Nitya is passionate about the mind sciences and hopes to branch into neuroleadership, mindfulness for business, and other brain-based human capital work. She LOVES working in tech! Her other interests include performing improv at Magnet Theater, singing her heart out, and traveling the world.

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