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Emotional Excellence Boosts Performance


  • Pradeep Deshpande University of Louisville
  • Gautam Gupta University of Louisville
  • Mahendra Sunkara University of Louisville



Industries have made many strides to improve the performance of their processes. In chemical process industries, constrained model predictive control strategies safely operate complex manufacturing processes, while in all industries, data-driven approaches like six sigma, manage transactional processes efficiently. Still there is much scope for improving the performance across all areas.

This is because human beings are a part of both manufacturing and transactional processes, and there is a strong link of emotional excellence to the performance in the external world. Surveys indicate that workplace negativity is costing the US economy $1 trillion annually. Negativity and negative emotions are two sides of the same coin, and therefore, enhancing emotional excellence will improve the performance over and beyond what CMPC and six sigma can deliver. 

The pursuit of higher levels of emotional excellence is a well-posed scientific problem as emotions can be measured and the process with which to bring about positive changes from within for a higher level of emotional excellence is meditation. Industries will find that the benefits of meditation far outweigh the cost of allocating time for the practice during working hours.


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Author Biographies

Gautam Gupta, University of Louisville

Gautam Gupta is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Louisville. He is currently an associate editor for Emergent Materials and has published more than 100 articles in leading journals including Science, Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Communications and others. His research areas are in the field of sustainability and renewable energy.

Mahendra Sunkara, University of Louisville

Mahendra K. Sunkara is Professor of Chemical Engineering, University Scholar and Director, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, University of Louisville. He has published over 100 articles in refereed journals and proceedings, four book chapters and was awarded ten U.S. patents along with several additional U.S. patent applications pending. He co-authored a book entitled "Inorganic Nanowires: Applications, Properties and Characterization" published by CRC Press.



2023-09-01 — Updated on 2023-09-04


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