Challenges At Work
The challenges we face at work are unprecedented and multiplying. They include technological advancements demanding immediate, round-the-clock responsiveness; increasingly onerous regulation, tougher performance measurements; unprecedented volatility in our external environments and the constant need to do more with less.
These challenges are not insurmountable. But they do require a new approach. Sustained stress is enough reason to explore new ways of working. But its impact can be a lot greater than on ourselves alone. When we suffer from stress, our behaviour cascades through the workplace. Culturally stressed organisations promote fear-driven, risk-averse behaviour that limits corporate performance.
By contrast, when we’re able to access sustainable ways to self-regulate, and operate at an optimal mental level, we promote very different dynamics. We are at the top of our game, benefiting from high level critical thinking and innovation, objectivity and perspective, greater empathy and the promotion of happier relationships and teams. Research shows that more mindful workplaces are also more productive, engaged – and profitable.
How You And Your Organisation Benefit From Mindfulness At Work
Just as physical training delivers quantifiable performance improvements, neuro-scientific research shows that mindfulness training can deliver dramatically enhanced working capabilities. These may be categorised under the four pillars of mindfulness:
- Greater self-awareness, including of your own strengths and weaknesses and how your behaviours impact on others
- Enhanced clarity supporting more objectivity and the ability to mindfully respond rather than automatically react
- The capacity to recognise habitual thinking patterns – avoiding those that don’t serve you well, and promoting those that are helpful
- Understanding the nature of your own mind, and how to tap into your underlying qualities of tranquillity and well-being
- Increased capacity to see thoughts merely as thoughts – not facts or truths
- Diminished engagement in negative self-talk and destructive self-criticism
- Improved ability to experience situations and encounters without judgement, especially self-judgement
- Enhanced self-acceptance and willingness to ‘be yourself’ without the need for role-playing
- Greater connection to those values important to you
- Keeping calmer under pressure, enhancing decision-making and supporting greater output
- Stronger resilience to stress and emotional upset, making you less vulnerable to distraction
- Enhanced feeling of purpose and ability to prioritise
- Creating space in your schedule by changing not what you do, but how you do it
- Greater innovation and creativity arising from a more relaxed, playful state of mind
- Ultimately, developing a more coherent sense of the meaning you find in your work
- Improved ability to pay attention to others when engaging with them
- Techniques to improve your meetings and conversations
- Cultivating greater self-compassion arising from greater objectivity
- Deepening your relationships with others
- Helping create a culture of compassion rather than ultimatums
Who will coach you?
Mindfulness at Work has been developed over several years by two of Australia’s most experienced corporate mindfulness trainers, Clare Goodman and David Michie.
Clare Goodman works exclusively with CEOs and executives to achieve business growth by enhancing their skills and abilities to unify, engage and lead their people. Her focus is to build the strength of the organisation via the development of strong leadership capability. She has held a series of senior leadership roles in Australia and Europe and has also established and grown successful consultancy practices in the UK and Australia. Her advice and insight is based on significant commercial experience as well as academic rigour.
Using a range of interactive and communicative approaches, she engages individuals, understands their motivations and resolves conflicts. By delivering intense and comprehensive feedback to each participating individual, a strong and enduring platform is built that ensures their reflection, learning and development as leaders.
David Michie is the internationally best-selling author of a number of books on mindfulness and meditation, including Why Mindfulness is Better than Chocolate, Hurry Up and Meditate, Buddhism for Busy People and the much-loved Dalai Lama’s Cat series of novels. His books have been translated into over 20 different languages and are available in over 30 countries.
Living in Perth, David regularly teaches mindfulness and meditation seminars to a variety of audiences through the AIMWA-UWA Business School Executive Education as well as to a wide range of corporate, non-for-profit and other groups. He is a regular speaker at leading Australian forums such as the Happiness & Its Causes conference series. Having spent most of his life working in corporate public relations, David has a passion for sharing the practice of meditation and mindfulness training from which he has personally benefited so greatly, and which he believes are more important than ever before to busy, working people.