When mindful leaders encounter setbacks they handle them differently. With mindful leadership, a mindset that enables challenges to be managed with agility is adopted, inspiring the best from others in the process. Today we’re taking a deep dive inside this mindset to discover three habits that supercharge the performance of mindful leaders. [Read more…]
What’s coming up? Mindful Leadership Training in London!
Mindful Leadership Training in London is here! Why mindful leadership in London? If you want to become a more agile, resilient leader, mindful leadership training is the place to start. Learning to practice mindfulness will enable you to be a more effective leader whilst successfully managing your own work life balance and wellbeing. Research has demonstrated that mindful leadership training is good for organisations, good for leaders and good for business creating happier, more productive and profitable teams. But the benefits don’t stop there. Read on to find out more about our Mindful Leadership Training in London.
What is Compassion at Work and Why Does it Matter?
It almost seems an anathema to talk about compassion and business in the same breath. At first glance, they seem unlikely bedfellows in all but a few health or care related professions where compassion is firmly on the agenda. But step outside of healthcare and if compassion is considered at all, it is to be regarded as something that is ‘pink and fluffy’, nice to aim for, an add on, relegated to the bottom of an extremely long list, languishing far behind profit and productivity. Or worse still, a positive liability in a corporate cut throat world. The old adage of “Nice guys (and girls) finish last” still holds true in some organisational cultures. But is there a business case for compassion at work?
Mindfulness Courses in Cumbria
What’s coming up? Mindfulness courses in Cumbria! Our mindfulness courses are led by experts in the field. They provide a fun, interactive and supportive environment to learn all about mindfulness from qualified teachers. We offer one day mindfulness introduction courses, bitesize sessions, mindful leadership training or 4 to 8 week courses. All our courses are bespoke to you. We will guide you and help you to develop the skill of being present, learning ‘mindfulness’ in a friendly and interactive group setting. On our mindfulness courses in Cumbria we’ll immerse you in 4 and 8 weeks of mindfulness, making sure you’re supported every step of the way. We want you to love mindfulness as much as we do! Learn more about our mindfulness courses in Cumbria here.
Mindful Leadership Hacks
Mindful Leadership Hacks created just for you. So you want to be a more mindful leader? If you’re wondering where to start and exactly what to do, look no further than our 10 mindful leadership hacks infographic. We’ll walk you through mindful leadership and show you how, with a few simple steps, you can build more mindful leadership into your day.
Mindfulness At Work Training London: What’s Coming Up?
Mindful Leadership and EQ
Great leaders make a lasting impression on us. They inspire, energise and develop us because they understand how to motivate and engage us. All truly great leaders embody and practice mindful leadership techniques that create an abundance of emotional intelligence, or EQ. [Read more…]
What is Mindfulness? Find out with our infographic.
You’ve heard about mindfulness but maybe you’re not sure exactly what it is. Perhaps you know someone who practices it but you’re not quite sure what they do? Does it all sound a bit nebulous and you don’t really know what everyone is going on about? Worry not, we’ve produced a handy ‘What is Mindfulness’ infographic to walk you through the mindfulness basics. Take a look and the next time someone talks to you about mindfulness, you’ll be able to talk about it like a pro. [Read more…]
We’ve arrived at the last blog of our series live from New York! Here we examine the latest US research and take a deep dive into the work we’ve been doing with our clients in NYC. Here we look at corporate mindfulness.
It’s official. We’re more stressed in the workplace than we were forty years ago. The UK Office for National Statistics Labour Force study states that 442000 employees in Britain reported feeling work-related stress at a level that was making them physically ill (HSE 2007/8). It’s not a surprising statistic considering crowded commutes before you even reach the office, challenging colleagues, increasing workloads and poor leadership contributing to the phenomena. Corporate mindfulness may be the answer but where do you start?
A big thank you to Gill Thackray for her guest blog on becoming more mindful in five easy steps.
Mindfulness in minutes
Everybody is talking about it, but it isn’t new. Mindfulness and mindfulness based cognitive therapy have been effectively used to treat anxiety, stress and depression for a number of years.
Google famously use it in their ‘Search Inside Yourself’ programme, Deloitte, Barclays, Harvard Business School and UK Sport have been practicing it of late, even Transport for London are jumping on the mindfulness train. So what is it?
More than positive thinking or simple breathing exercises, mindfulness is an effective way to train your brain – it’s all about being in the present moment, consciously aware, paying attention without judging, and it’s a great way to promote happiness and mentally de-clutter.
5 easy steps to being more mindful
With regular practice, mindfulness is a powerful tool that can help you improve your overall wellbeing. Here are just 5 simple ways you can become more mindful in under 5 minutes a day.
1. The Traffic Light
This one is simple and takes just one minute. Think of what you do at a traffic light; STOP! You can do this sitting in your car every time you really are stopped by a red light, sitting at your desk or just sitting in your chair.
Stop: Stop what you are doing. Pause for a moment.
Take a breath: Breathe, it’s easy, we do it all of the time, we just don’t think about it. Really notice how the breath feels entering your body and how it feels as you exhale. Concentrate only on your breath.
Observe: Now you’ve had that pause and breathed a little, how do you feel? What’s going on for you? Just notice, observe it without judging.
Proceed: Time to continue on your journey.
2. One minute Breath
Another technique that only takes a minute.
Set your stop watch or sit in front of a clock and just breathe for one minute. Your aim is to focus on your breath for one whole minute. Notice how the breath feels as it enters the nostrils, how it feels cool as you inhale, how it’s a little warmer as you exhale. That’s all you’re doing concentrating on your breath for an entire minute.
3. Mindful eating
This is a mindfulness favourite and you can do it with chocolate, raisins, dinner, breakfast, anything you like as long as it’s edible. Get rid of distractions like the TV, newspaper, mobile phone, radio or talking and sit down to eat.
Give your full attention to your food; how does it smell, what colour is it? What are the textures like? How do you cut it? Chew slowly and really savour your meal. Notice how it tastes different? This is also a great technique if you are watching your weight, helping you to feel fuller for longer rather than wondering where that bar of chocolate went….
4. A mindful cup of tea
It’s a simple procedure, but there’s a reason it’s a ritual in the Far East. Making (and of course drinking) tea can be a profoundly relaxing experience. Notice the weight of the kettle as you fill it with water, listen to the sound of the water as it runs from the tap, how the light bounces off the endless stream. Notice the sounds of the water in the kettle as it comes to the boil. Stay in the present as you prepare your cup and the tea bag. Watch as you pour the boiling water onto the bag, how it floats as the steam swirls upwards. Then sit down and reward yourself as you notice the heat, the taste of the tea and all of the different flavours as you swallow.
5. Mindful walking
The next time you’re walking, really notice what’s going on around you, the light, the sky, the trees. Feel the ground under your feet, how you breathe as you walk, notice the buildings, your fellow pedestrians. Remain in the present as you head towards your destination. Feel the wind on your face and notice what’s different when you arrive at your destination.
The great thing about mindfulness is that you can use it any place, anytime, anywhere. Practised on a regular basis, mindfulness can improve both your mental and your physical health and offers a great return on investment for a few just a few minutes of your time each day.