Mindfulness at Work
This program can be delivered as a full two-day training with practice time included or as two-hour workshops on any of the modules below. Participants learn to manage stress and create a more positive work environment with increased job satisfaction. People want to enjoy their work as much as they want to make a contribution to the organization's success. They want to have energy available at the end of work for their families and friends. This training is about all of the above.
Managing the Environment:
Setting an Energy Field - In this module we discover the cornerstones of creating an energy field. Participants apply the concept to their every-day work environments. Learning how to lift the energy helps everyone work more cohesively.
Workplace Stillness - This is a practice to give people a chance to catch their breath, reflect, observe reality, see new possibilities, and reduce workplace stress. We engage in several exercises on centering and concentration. We learn a few yoga stretches to ease body tension and relax the mind.
Tapping Into Wisdom:
Acknowledging – Acknowledgment is a verbal honoring of the ‘being’ of someone. We make a distinction between praise and acknowledgement and how to access the wisdom of ourselves and others by acknowledging who we/they are.
Reflective Thinking - Periodically stopping to review is the key to learning. We observe what was intended, planned, and executed; what was in the way; what was missing; and what made it work well. We learn how to use a quick assessment tool.
Personal Mindfulness Skills:
Awareness of Impact - Being aware of the impact of our thoughts, words, and deeds makes us mindful of our effectiveness or ineffectiveness. This awareness is foundational to systems thinking where the parts are inter-dependent on the whole and visa-versa. When we know we make a difference, it makes a difference.
Checking Assumptions – We engage in an exercise to help us recognize that assumptions lead to perceptions that ultimately dictate our decisions and actions. Understanding the factors that contribute to our assumptions helps us prevent errors in judgment.
Shifting Mind-Sets - Being able to move between the mind-set of an individual contributor, a team member, a knowledge container, and a leader (whether in a leadership position or not) is a personal skill that reduces frustration. This practice increases the state of being grounded amid all the changes and fluctuations in the workplace.