Mindfulness is a key management competency. Mindfulness starts with self-awareness. This self-knowledge enables you to choose how best to respond to people and situations. It allows you to be consistent, presenting yourself simply as you are. We trust – and follow – people who are authentic and whose behaviour, beliefs and values are aligned: people whom we do not have to constantly second-guess. Mindfulness skills enable us to make better choices because we can recognise and deal with our own thoughts, feelings and physical sensations. This helps us to make better sense of people and of the situations around us. Our perceptions are then clearer, less clouded by our usual filters and biases. Through the purposeful, conscious direction of our attention, we see things that would normally pass us by and gain access to deeper insight and wisdom
Mindfulness makes for more effective teams and leaders.
Enabling us to become more aware of ourselves, others and the world around us, mindfulness training helps us to deal more effectively with issues of stress. It also enables us better to handle the amount of information and complexity that marks our working lives.
Participants in mindfulness courses learn to work more consciously and effectively with their minds and mental states. This is a form of training that we all ought to have learned at school (and it is a wonderful fact that, in places like the United Kingdom, there are projects afoot to bring mindfulness training to school pupils).ii It is never too late to learn these skills, however, and workplace organisations have a key role to play.
Mindfuless may be especially useful for business leaders, not just for stress management (three quarters of executives say that stress affects their health, happiness and home life, as well as their work performance) but also for promoting the kind of ‘mindful leadership’ that might permeate through an entire organisation, positively affecting the way a company operates. According to the business school INSEAD, access to meditation-based executive coaching programmes makes it more likely that managers will act in a socially responsible way.
Introduction to Mindfulness at Work
“Burying one’s head in the sand” defines a certain cognitive relationship with current activity and events, with what is now happening. Now this relationship is one that the whole productive organization maintains with its procedures and its staff. This attitude could be described as Mindlessness, consisting of remaining focused on the crux of the action without any other form of reflection, leading to a loss of attention and an artificial commitment to the action.
At the opposite, mindfulness is defined as an initially non-judgmental attitude, where the attention is concentrated on the present, in which each thought, each perception or event is seen and accepted. The attention is therefore voluntarily held by the present experience which is viewed with curiosity. The attention does not seek to wander from the present in favor of abstract contemplation of the situation and its significance. The mindful attitude allowed the reality of the present to be adopted without judgment, above all, as an internal reality – one’s own emotional reactions to stimuli felt, to ideas, values, belief which crossed our minds – and as an external reality – inanimate objects, bodies showing movement and emotions or also physical spaces to be exploited.
This seminar makes the case for mindfulness training in the workplace especially for managers. By doing it, you will not only understand more deeply how fragile we are in front of our judgment and automatic cognitive assessments, but also how to practice a new way towards slow management.
Aims of the seminar
Content of a one day seminar