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A three-day seminar over a two-month period
Companies are required to cultivate structures, conditions and capacities to allow employees to engage in a fast-paced, dynamic and complex environment in a healthy and creative manner. In many leadership settings, traditional leadership and management methods are no longer sufficient for this. In order to collectively develop the relationships and skills needed to solve what are often conflicting challenges, managers must possess a great deal of purposeful attention, inner clarity and mental agility as well as the capacity to resonate fully with co-workers and clients – they need to be mindful and compassionate. Mindfulness is the ability to be aware of what is happening at the present moment without getting caught up in judgments and identifications. Managers who practice mindfulness are able to perceive their feelings, body signals, patterns of thought and impulses. They can consciously regulate their reactions and approach challenges more concertedly. At the same time, this heightened self-awareness creates mental spaciousness that allows them to truly listen to their counterpart and to be appreciatively clear and present. Mindfulness can be noticeably improved through regular, systematic training. Neuroscientific research has shown that even a few weeks of daily training can bring about changes in the areas of the brain that are responsible for:
- Focus and awareness • Mental agility
- Social connectivity
The seminar is centered on meditative mindfulness exercises, discussing experiences, and incorporation into everyday leadership. Mindfulness is not only a matter of formal daily practice (at least 10 minutes) – it is also used in leadership settings, whether in meetings, conversations, decisions or conflicts. It is only thus that mindfulness evolves into a mindset that forms a basis for clarity, presence, satisfaction and appreciation in leadership, and thus in the organization itself.