Greg Burdulis is an extraordinary teacher, facilitator and coach who has had a profound impact on the people he has worked with at Google and other organizations. The depth of Greg’s understanding and insight, together with his simple and practical teachings creates a moving experience for participants. Greg brings the rarest of qualities to his work – not only a wealth of experience and expertise, but also a power and presence that can facilitate true transformation. Any individual or organization would benefit greatly from working with him.
Positive, Calm, Focused Mind
I was very dissatisfied with my life. I was stressed and felt like I was always running behind, which made everything else worse. My time with Greg was the peak of my week. I learned to use my body to calm, quiet, and focus my mind. Amazing! Just 5 minutes powerfully and positively impacted my whole day. Now I’m more in control and feel better. And if I’m stressed, I know exactly what to do to calm down and refocus. Greg helped me realize that there is more beauty in this world than I thought and that I’ve a role to play in making even better. Greg pushes me in a good way.
Calm, Clear, Creative and Humble
Greg’s Private Guided Meditation Retreat (MindSpa) is “a long vacation packed into one day. The result is a mind that is calm, clear, creative + humble. There was a time in my life where I wanted to as much control as I could get, but mindfulness taught me that I already have control — over myself. I no longer seek control, and my relationships are better because of it. And relationships are the foundation of business. Mindfulness also clears my mind enough to be motivated to follow certain goals. When the mind is too busy, it cannot think creatively. Creative solutions are just as good as — if not better than — technical solutions.
Better Communication, Better Decisions
I catch my negative mind before it spirals out of control, plus, I can catch myself before I do something I’ll regret. When I practice mindfulness in meetings I am less reactive — I see situations more clearly and solutions more easily. I communicate better and make better decisions. Our meetings are smoother—and shorter! I can see the difference mindfulness makes to our bottom line.
Challenges Become Opportunities
I first heard about Greg when the head of a speakers bureau said he was the best speaker at Wisdom 2.0. I met him, then booked him to speak at a Social Venture Network conference. I’ve heard a lot of great speakers over the years, and Greg is one that I will always remember. He weaves science, humor, spirituality and personal stories into an experiential session that helps people connect with themselves and each other, and enables them to see themselves, their challenges and opportunities in a new light. Greg is a total delight, and a very gifted teacher.
The Happiness of Childhood
You feel the happiness of childhood when everything was turning in love. You feel the “never-mind” attitude and the “let’s go on to the next good thing” attitude. You know what it means to live in the moment and can be here, now. You can be kind again—and not intellectualize too much.
Human Potential and Production of Quality, Not Quantity
What glorious fools we are (especially the more educated of our species), confusing knowledge for wisdom and thereby ensuring that we understand neither. We compound this with hubris – witness the feverish efforts to bestow upon machines a consciousness we can barely grasp!
Thankfully, help is at hand. It was announced (in these parts) by Time Magazine’s Feb. 2014 cover: ‘The Mindful Revolution’. Ill-chosen journalistic metaphors aside, there is a movement to better learn our own minds, and Greg is very much a part of it. He combines the discipline of a monk and the openness of an adventurer to design and facilitate mindfulness programs and sessions, fitted to the needs (and culture) of teams and organizations. The results usually include a heightened sense of purpose and engagement, more group cohesion, and less stressful working environments.
A world framed by plummeting employee engagement (63% of global workers are disengaged – Gallup 2013) and rising stress levels (the key 21st century public-health challenge – WHO) desperately needs a new view of productivity. And Greg is part of a vanguard that is helping reframe the productivity conversation from one of ‘headcounts’ (quantity) to one of human potential (quality). It is no wonder then that the list of companies partnering with Greg reads like a list of those thinking long and hard about the future of work and workers.
Observe. Accept. Relax.
Greg trained my team coaches and consultants and lived with my family for a week. His presence had such a strong impact on me, my family and my team that I wanted to write this spontaneous recommendation.
I’ve experienced many coaching modalities, but Greg’s BEING helped me more than any of them. It had a positive and calming influence on me, my wife, our children, and even our dog.
Also Greg’s self control is very high. I’ve been training my nervous system in ice baths for more than a year and I invited Greg to give it a try. When he was suddenly immersed in ice water I saw Greg observe his feelings, accept them fully, and relax. Even though it was his first time, he stayed in frigid water longer then I!
“Observe. Accept. Relax.” This is now my mantra when I encounter a traffic jam, unexpected taxes, a child who can’t sleep or a dog tracking mud in the house.
I am more optimistic because I see positive possibilities that were invisible before.
I’ve been practicing regularly ever since we met. His “beingness” showed me what’s possible. It works like a magnet, pulling me towards mindful living. I learned that BEING is as important as DOING. That changes how I work, and how I relate with my wife, children…and dog.
Life isn’t easier, but I’m a whole lot better.
A Lifelong Practice
I learned a lifelong practice that unburdens me and ripples out to affect my work, marriage and children.
Best I've Experienced
Greg’s introduction at this conference is the best I’ve experienced in 25 years of countless conferences. The way Greg got the group grounded and ready for authentic, collaborative and productive work could not have been better.
Contentment and Increased Productivity
Our work has been incredibly powerful. I have learned so much. I have practiced hard and seen the power it brings: contentment + increased productivity, improved communications, heightened self-control, better relationships at work and at home. And peace.
Productive, Spacious, and Gentle
One of the biggest “tools” I keep coming back to is the understanding that the focus of my attention is directly proportional to the quality of my experience. This has helped me to be mindful of the thought patterns I have (like, “I don’t have enough time”, “I’m so busy”, etc) and then be more cognizant of 1) if I want to put my attention into that mindset and 2) what would be a more productive, spacious, and gentle mindset I could pick instead. It has also helped me to remember that I really can only do one thing at a time and any time I’m trying to do more, the quality of my experience will decrease greatly.
Presence , Balance, Authenticity
I lived constantly in my mind. My job was intense and fast-paced. It taught me I was effective if I was quick, resilient, in control, unemotional, driven and competitive. I lived a very ‘uni-dimensional’ life. Happiness and fulfillment were rarely experienced. Fear dominated.
From Greg I learned the tools to be present, courageous and curious. When I look back to where I was when we started and where I am now I can hardly believe the difference—now I am confident, balanced and authentic!
A Wiser Version of Myself
Talking with Greg feels like interacting with a wiser version of myself. With Greg I learned to view growth as going deep instead of wide. I learned to acknowledge my areas of expertise and seek out the expertise of others. I came to understand that my roles are separate from who I am and find authentic ways to fulfill them. And I learned how to prioritize when commitments seem conflicting and options are overwhelming.
It’s about how you feel with Greg; peaceful…and simultaneously challenged. It’s about how you feel after Greg is gone; renewed, inspired, and more able to bear the lack of resolution in life. It’s about the kind of thoughts you think with Greg—fresh, panoramic ideas bursting with potential. It’s about how you think after he’s gone; more self reflective, more considerate, kinder, simpler.
Energy, Stress and Team-building
We had the pleasure of enlisting Greg to conduct a mindfulness seminar with a large group of our creatives. The reception was unanimously positive. Beyond learning techniques and about the importance of incorporating mindfulness into our lives as professionals under daily stress, there was a palpable sense of excitement and team-building. Of the 40 attendees, more than half asked the very next day if we could repeat the experience. And our CEO even said “this is the best idea we’ve had in 10 years.” Greg’s approach, attentiveness and embodied example combine to inspire.
Trust + Respect = Shift
Greg provided inspirational coaching, guidance and support to all our program attendees. He quickly established relationships of trust and respect, whilst at the same time guiding folks to experience a shift in their personal perspective. This was hugely beneficial in the corporate environment, but also in the home life of all individuals who interacted with Greg.
Creativity, Connection, Energy
Greg opens space for creativity, and fosters a surprising connection between participants… By strengthening the team connection and an awareness of the moment, Greg activates every participant so they are fully present and fully engaged. The impact is felt the entire daylong. Clients remark repeatedly about the enhanced energy and output they experience.
Focused, Relaxed, Less Judgmental
Both the meditations and the exercises were really helpful. Next to the direct effects of your lessons, there were many indirect effects. Together, I have increased my focus on presence because of you, I became less judgmental about others and myself because of you, and therefore more relaxed but am able to focus more because of you.
Terror and Inner Peace
Greg that meeting with you was fantastic and epic. I now walk towards the solution the way you advised me: One-step forward at a time. Arms swinging. Chest open. Head high. Full of curiosity…. It is amazing how a single email can trigger terror and a simple wisdom practice can restore inner peace…we are at once insane and wise as humans….