I learned to meditate at age 17. From the first day, I noticed tangible benefits—greater inner silence, calmness, focus, improved clarity and intuition, broader comprehension. Today I enjoy these same values to an even greater extent while balancing family life with running a growing management consulting practice, teaching at a university, executive coaching, and public speaking. In 2012 I completed doctoral research on leadership resilience, exploring the development of cognitive capacity in leaders to improve executive judgment and decision making under stress. My study explored the impact of the TM technique on situation awareness capacity of emerging leaders at Norwich University in Vermont. The study showed that those who practiced the TM technique had statistically significant improvement. These findings are being applied in the development of resilience programs that incorporate the use of the TM program to improve situation awareness capacity in professionals (nurses, doctors, emergency medical responders, law enforcement, military) who are operating in high demand settings. Adding the TM practice twice a day to my daily routine continues to result in greater resilience to stress and more inner and outer fulfillment.
Martha Batorski, EdD, a former Associate Partner with Accenture’s Business Architecture practice, is currently CEO of Batorski Stevens & Associates, Inc., a nationally recognized management consulting firm launched in 2003. In 2004 her firm was the winner of the Emerging Business of the Year Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She has helped over 15 Fortune 1000 companies with large-scale, enterprise-wide improvement initiatives resulting in high performance. She has consulted for 25 years across multiple industry sectors including government, electronics and high tech, healthcare, utilities, entertainment, retail, and financial services. Inspired by her experience with the Transcendental Meditation program, she completed a doctorate in Organization Change at Pepperdine University, focusing on the role of development of consciousness (situation awareness capacity) in executive decision making under uncertainty and stress. Dr. Batorski serves as Adjunct Faculty in the MBA program at Roseman University of Health Sciences, Las Vegas, NV. She is also a keynote speaker in the areas of executive judgment and decision making under stress and women in leadership.