Mindful Leadership

A three-day seminar over a two-month period

Topic

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
  • Memory
  • Intuition
  • Resilience
  • 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.

A 8-step training program

Today’s companies are required to cultivate structures, conditions and skills that allow for employees to engage innovatively with and adapt to a fast paced and dynamic environment. Leadership in these circumstances is becoming ever more complex and demanding. To co-create the engaging relationships and the availability of the skills needed to solve contentious problems, leaders require a high level of awareness, inner clarity, mental flexibility, emotional intelligence and resonating communication skills – they require mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a quality of attention where we see things more clearly and accurately, including the workings of our mind and their impact on our actions and decisions. Instead of being driven by habitual concepts and emotions, the clarity and compassion that emerge from mindfulness allow us to be more present and responsive with ourselves and others. Mindfulness enables a more intelligent and balanced use of our inner and outer resources, leading to more satisfaction and better results.

As a skill, mindfulness can be trained. Research has shown that only ten minutes of daily practice over an eight-week period can have a noticeable impact on those areas of the brain that are responsible for our ability to

  • direct our attention and stay both focused and receptive
  • adapt to change quickly
  • learn from our experience and use our intuition
  • be resilient to physical and emotional distress
  • bring compassion to ourselves and others – increasing overall health and satisfaction

A set of simple yet powerful techniques that can easily be incorporated into the work-place help leaders develop mindfulness and bring it step-by-step into their lives, their leadership and their organization.

For leaders, coaches and consultants

A training aimed at integrating individual and organizational mindfulness in leadership, coaching, and organizational development

Objectives

Cultivating skills and tools in order to serve organizations’effectivenss based on mindful appreciative values and ethical responsiblity for sentient beings and nature.

Intentionally using interventions that cultivate individual and organizational mindfulness: both detailed and broad awareness in complex sitations, clarity in decision making, and helpful communication & action.

Our trainers and speakers bring to the training decades of experience in mindfulness, leadership, training, coaching, and organizational development.

Structure

The modules comprise mindfulness practices, theoretical inputs and experiential exploration, dialogue and reflection.

The total of 14 presence days: 4 moduls (total of 11 days) and a meditation retreat (3 days) are enriched by 3 webinars (45 minutes each) and 3 coachings in small groups (3 hours each). Buddy exchanges support individuals in their personal mindfulness practice and inquiry. In addition, the participants work on a small mindfulness project and present their findings in the last modul. There is an opportunity to prepare with the head trainer and facilitate a part of a module. Time for reading and assignments must be taken into consideration.

Mindfulness allows for focus, true encounters, and creative collaborative solutions even when things are hectic

Topic

Human minds are busy – filled with lists of objectives, challenges, and obstacles. Managing personal cognitive and emotional resources and relationships tends to take place reactively and habitually with little precious consciousness. Waking up from leading on autopilot needs to be cultivated. In our dynamic and complex world, it has become THE crucial skill to truly being present and aware of self, others and the context. That is how we gather essential data and invite all stakeholders into skillful decision-making.

Mindfulness is both a skill and attitude: stepping out of autopilot, bringing calm awareness to any experience in the present moment, noticing features and reactions without acting out right away, and choosing the wisest response. Mindful leaders can consciously bring their mind and heart to the awareness of thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and reactions, thus regulating and using their mind and heart as an inner skillful coach. Neuroscientific studies have shown that people who cultivate mindfulness build focus, emotional intelligence, resilience, compassion, decision-making and cooperative skills.

Who is this seminar for?

Managers and project leaders who want to understand how their minds work and strengthen attention and emotion regulation through daily mindfulness training.