The old ways of leading and managing are no longer working.
Increasing demands in a pressured and distracted workplace is creating rising levels of stress and dis-engagement in workforces.
This environment can undermine peoples’ ability to focus, communicate & collaborate as part of a team, maintain motivation & commitment unless they have learnt positive coping mechanisms to enable them be less reactive and better able to respond skillfully in any circumstance.
Globally, brand leaders are providing Management Teams with Strategic Mindful Management Training so they can lead with these essential new skills and set the standard for a workplace brand / culture where people are positive, effective, compassionate and innovative.
Daily mindfulness will make you a healthier, more productive person.” – Biz Stone Co-Founder, Twitter
Gallup says: “Dismal Employee Engagement Is a Sign of Global Mismanagement…the new workforce is looking for things like purpose, opportunities to develop, ongoing conversations, a coach rather than a boss, and a manager who leverages their strengths rather than obsessing over their weaknesses. They see work and life as interconnected, and they want their job to be a part of their identity.” (Gallup Blog, Dec 2107)
Mindful Management is an essential strategy
Leading in this challenging context requires a manager / leader to be able to lead from the inside out (walking the talk) instead of from the top down and creating the conditions where their people thrive, are passionate about what they do and committed.
Being highly skilled in emotional intelligence is VITAL… able to inspire, energise and develop people & teams because they understand how to do so.
The good news is that these skills are trainable and Mindfulness is the training. Neuroscience has shown that attention training can improve state of mind, habits, emotional experience, actions and outcomes.
How Strategic Mindful Management Training works…
As you build Mindfulness skills, you become calmer, more focused, present, real, less reactive, better able to manage your emotional state, engage in meaningful ways with people, make more discerning decisions and set a positive upbeat tone. This increases efficiency, productivity as well as letting you be more open to opportunity, creative insights and ideas. Your enhanced capacity to connect with people (empathise, influence) and respond in wiser and kinder ways to whatever challenges arise in the workday improves relationships as well as the culture of the organisation; thus shifting from a short term focus to a longer term, more sustainable way of operating. Remember, who and how you are as a leader and how you treat people matters! An open compassionate inclusive approach creates wholehearted engagement and collaboration rather than the more common ‘means to an end’ approach.
Feedback from participants of Mindful Management Training
Benefits of Mindful Management Training for Individuals
- Boosted focus, concentration, clarity, ability to manage change
- Less stress reactivity / burnout, more level headed and calm
- Increased resilience, self confidence, self reliance
- Improved emotion regulation, self control and positive impact
- Enhanced listening, coaching, communication and influencing skills
- Better creativity, decision making, stronger commitment towards goals and innovation
- More positive, empathetic, compassionate, fun and able to inspire trust.
Benefits for organisations
- Greater team cohesion
- A more engaged energetic workforce where teams move together towards collective goals
- Less staff absenteeism and turnover
- High standard of health, wellbeing & performance within/between teams.
This post was written by Joanne O’Malley, founder of Mindfulness at Work
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