How to be mindful

TODAY’S WORKPLACE creates high stress scenarios. Many organisations are reducing staff numbers, whilst expecting remaining employees to provide the same or a better level of service. While the benefits of physical exercise in relieving stress are well understood, it is only recently that attention has been paid to how the mind can operate more effectively.  Mindfulness teaches people to be present in the moment and deal with what is important. It is a brain-training technique based on paying attention to your own sense to achieve mental clarity.  It is like training a muscle – training attention to where you want it to be.

The mindful workplace is gaining popularity in leadership development and executive coaching with forward-thinking public and private sector firms such as Transport for London, Google, Harvard Business School, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, the Home Office and Toyota.

Mindfulness practice has been shown to have measurable impact on behaviour. Mindfulness offers you and your staff more power to cope, lower levels of stress, calm states of being which lead to increased memory and attention span.

A mindfulness training programme within your organisation may incorporate:

Short mindfulness sessions as part of coaching or a workshop to help focus and leave unhelpful distractions behind.

A programme enabling individuals to identify their preferred practices and supporting development into a positive habit.

Longer mindfulness sessions or workshops to help embed mindful practices in a department or organisation.

LeaderShape’s approach draws on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).  Scientific evidence shows this approach results in:

  • Lower stress and a reduction in stress hormones,
  • Personal and contextual awareness,
  • Concentration and focus,
  • Feelings of physical and mental well-being,
  • Reduced risk in corporate environments, mitigating the impetus to act from fear or greed,
  • The ability to be appropriately creative and expressive,
  • Feeling ‘connected,’
  • The ability to break old habits and form new ones.

The senior level business background of the LeaderShape faculty includes in depth experience of successfully creating innovative environments in a wide range of sectors and in many varied economic conditions. This powerful technique is easy to learn and make a habit of. Our approach is highly focused to your organisational needs.  We respect Mindfulness’ more than 2,000 year-old Eastern roots, while understanding the value of its application in the context of modern sensibilities.

Contact us on (0)870 990 5576  to discover how LeaderShape embeds learning for leadership excellence or visit our website for insights into the science and practice of this emerging discipline.

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