Tools for handling Challenge and Change
Today’s world of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity generates unprecedented levels of challenge and change. There’s ever increasing pressure to deliver better results, faster and at lower cost. Rapid change, increasing complexity and a constant deluge of information all add to the challenge.
The resulting stress impairs clarity, focus, confidence, creativity, communication - key qualities necessary for peak performance. It also impacts well-being, and can lead to exhaustion, burnout and even depression. It’s been reported as the biggest cause of long term absence from work, and is a factor in many other accidents and illnesses.
That’s why more and more organisations are investing in mindfulness training, organisations such as Bupa, BT, Microsoft, VW Audi, Carlsberg, Unilever, KPMG, Axa, Google, eBay, the London Business School, Cambridge University and many others. In the UK Parliament, 25% of MPs are now trained in Mindfulness.
Immensely helpful – Mindfulness gives me much more “real time” awareness of my thoughts and emotions. It also releases the creative part of my mind, and enables me to be more focused on the impact I’m seeking to achieve.
Chief Medical Officer, Bupa
There’s an impressive evidence base for mindfulness: the following benefits have been reported in peer-reviewed published papers:
- Well-Being: reduces stress, improves immune function, reduces blood pressure and increases enjoyment (both inside and outside of work)
- Cognitive: Mindfulness generates a clearer focus and the ability to sustain it for longer. It improves memory, boosts creative problem solving skills
- Emotional: Mindfulness also boosts emotional awareness, emotional intelligence and relationship skills
- Organisational: Mindfulness also boosts engagement, satisfaction and decision-making
- Leadership: Mindful Leaders produce improvement in performance, job satisfaction, psychological need satisfaction and organisational citizenship in their staff
With Mindfulness, I’m calmer and more able to focus on the things that matter, even in a busy and demanding workplace. I am also better at dropping other issues without worrying about them. Mindfulness has helped create space in a busy life, and encouraged me to be the best I can be.
Transformation Director at EDF Energy
Resilient Mindfulness training was developed especially for high-pressure, rapidly changing working environments. It emphasises practical tools for bringing mindfulness right into the heart of a busy working day. For example:
- The “Reconnect” tool makes mindfulness accessible in 30 seconds, without closing your eyes or changing your posture
- “Targeted Mindfulness” addresses a specific stressor in 4 minutes, dramatically reducing stress and removing the mental “drag” that can interfere with optimal performance under pressure. It can also be done with your eyes open, while sitting at your desk in the normal way.
- Resilient Mindfulness emphasises the integration of mindfulness into purposeful activity, so that activity is performed in a more efficient and effective way, saving time and boosting energy.
Thank you Shakya. It works. I am extremely busy AND extremely relaxed.
Team Leader, Landstinget Västmanland, Sweden
Resilient Mindfulness Training
Resilient Mindfulness training combines live training workshops with lightweight eLearning, and personal eCoaching. This combination provides excellent levels of support for embedding Mindfulness in busy working lives, and also maintains high levels of engagement throughout the programme.
The training programme is modular, and can be adapted to meet the needs of your organisation.
Resilient Mindfulness can be delivered in 3 formats:
- Executive Coaching - this 1-1 format is especially suitable for senior leaders and managers who need training that's responsive to their specific needs and schedule, and prefer the discretion of private coaching. Coaching can be delivered face-to-face or over video-link.
- In-House Groups of 6-16 participants
- Live and Interactive Online over Zoom or similar video-link software, providing an experience very much like a face-to-face training event, but without the hassles of travel. This is especially suitable for groups of participants from around the world. Group size is best limited to 11 in this format, to ensure individual attention over the online platform.
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To help integrate Resilient Mindfulness into busy schedules, a blended learning format is used:
Workshop: The main learning is 2 hour workshops, one per module.
Lightweight eLearning: each module is followed by a lightweight eLearning course delivered by email. This helps participants implement learnings even amidst high pressure and rapid change. The emails are brief enough to be easily readable, yet substantial enough to make a real difference.
Guided meditation practice recordings are also provided, to support participants in developing their mindfulness practice.
Support for Modules Missed: with multi-session training, it’s rare for anyone to be able to make every single training workshop. Resilient Mindfulness training therefore provides very comprehensive materials and resources, so that participants can keep up with the course and get excellent results even when they miss 1 or 2 sessions. (It’s not uncommon for participants to take the materials on holiday with them, for example – and they often find that mindfulness enhances their holiday as well as their wellbeing and work when they return).
Personal eCoaching: Shakya Kumara (the course trainer and designer of Resilient Mindfulness) is available by email to help with any questions, to make sure participants can get real benefit from the course. This personal support continues through the 3 week period and beyond.
Dropout rates can be a real problem with mindfulness training. Most multi-session programmes suffer from high dropout rates, and with on-line or app-based mindfulness the drop out rates can be as high as 80%.
With the combination of learning formats and resources described above, and ongoing personal involvement of the course trainer, Resilient Mindfulness has much lower dropout rates. When participants have volunteered to attend the programme, dropout rates are typically below 5%.
Flexible Modular Structure
The complete Resilient Mindfulness programme comprises a sequence of 8 modules. This enables the programme to cover the whole syllabus of Jon-Kabat Zinn’s 8 week MBSR training (but in a way that’s especially adapted to the workplace, providing specific tools for busy and pressured environments).
For more information about the content of the programme, see the details of the Resilient Mindfulness training modules.
When required, Resilient Mindfulness can also be delivered as a shorter programme with fewer modules. In fact, we recommend that everyone starts with module 1 (the “Mindfulness QuickStart”) and only then makes a commitment to the full programme if they wish.
Training modules can also be scheduled flexibly, to fit in with shift working for example. Pairs of modules are frequently combined, to help control costs and simplify scheduling.
To make a booking, discuss your specific requirements or arrange a complimentary demonstration, contact Shakya Kumara on +44-1223-969169, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I've tried many different types of mindfulness for the workplace, but I was amazed that Brief Mindfulness could be that brief and that effective. I've been using it on a daily basis ever since
Global Health and Wellbeing Clinical Lead, BT