Mindfulness could be defined as ‘paying conscious attention to the present moment, in a non-judgemental manner’.
Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhism, but the modern form was developed by Dr Jon Kabat – Zinn at the University of Massachusetts, who developed a programme called Mindfulness – Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
It is now practised in many areas of society and is being increasingly recognised for it’s benefits in the workplace, with positive effects on health, efficiency and productivity. Studies have shown that mindfulness is fundamentally connected to many aspects of workplace functioning, and in particular is associated with key area such as:
- Wellbeing, resilience and stress management
- Improved relationships, creating more effective team working
- Performance – including positive effects on leadership, decision-making and creativity and innovation
This interactive one day course will provide an introduction to mindfulness and encourage new ways of thinking and working, as well as help you relate to stress and problems in a different way.
Programme to include:
- What is mindfulness?
- What are the benefits of mindfulness in the workplace? How mindfulness can help with stress reduction, increased wellbeing and greater productivity
- Enhance your ability to feel calm, concentrate and stay in control
- Explore practical activities to help develop mindfulness
Please note, events may be cancelled due to commercial or organisational reasons. In this case Research and Markets will refund all registration fees which have already been paid. Research and Markets will not refund any charges arising from the participant having to cancel or re-book transportation or accommodation which he or she has arranged.
What is mindfulness?
The benefits of mindfulness
- How can practicing mindfulness help on both a physical and psychological level
Mindfulness as a tool for coping with stress
- Discuss the role mindfulness can play in helping to manage stress more effectively
- How to use mindfulness to recognise the signs of stress and to minimise stress-related problems
Non-judgmental awareness and working with negative thoughts
- The necessity to approach mindful awareness in a non-judgemental fashion – explore how many of our attitudes and moods are set by our innate ability to punish ourselves for negative experiences
Alternative strategies to dealing with our negative thoughts
Meditation, the basis of mindfulness – raising our internal and external awareness
- Benefits of meditation – raising our internal and external awareness
- Why is there a resistance to meditation
- How to find an approach that works for you
- Meditation exercises that can be practiced anywhere and anytime
- Common problems when meditating and things to avoid when meditating
It is possible that we may be physically present in a room but often mentally absent. How often have you attended a meeting whilst trying to respond to a text or consider the proposal you have to finish before the end of the day?
- Exploring the physiological and psychological differences between being physically and mentally present
Exploring the senses
- Look beyond the analytical side of the mind and the process of thinking, judging and planning to find solutions
The dangers of multi-tasking – ‘The art of doing twice as much as you should half as well as you could’
- Explore how the cognitive load demanded by switching your attention expends energy
- Can productivity be increased by focusing on one thing at a time?
Practical activities to help develop mindfulness
This session will explore a range of activities, exercises, tips and techniques that can be pursued following the course, including;
- Changing perspective
- Disengaging the autopilot
- Being self-compassionate
- Span versus path goals
- Being creative
- Showing gratitude
- The great outdoors
Personal mindfulness plan
- Discuss your planned approach to mindfulness following the course
Mr Geoff Marsh,
Geoff Marsh is Managing Director of Dansam Ltd a training company that began in September 1999. He started his career as a presenter in 1986 on the Lloyds Bank’s ‘Customer First’ Programme.
This was one of the largest series of roadshow workshops in the world at that time. The programme was seen by approximately 70,000 staff. Today Geoff is the Managing Director of Dansam Ltd. Geoff is an international trainer and presenter with a particular expertise in the financial services sector and his clients include organisations such as BNP Paribas, HSBC, Barclays Wealth, Lloyds Bank IPB, Macquairie, Unigestion, Taib Securities, Coutts, Asquith, Cheviot Asset Management, Ernst & Young, Nationwide, Fleming Family and Partners and Rothschilds.
He has also worked with Robert Bosch Ltd, Wessex Water, Sun Microsystems, Scottish & Newcastle Breweries, London Underground, Forte Hotels, The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Councils (EPSRC), The Zoological Society Of London, Interserve Project Services Ltd and outside of the UK with United Airlines, Qatar Airways, Rohm & Haas, Serono Pharmaceuticals, Union Bancaire Privee and Unichem and the Bank of Georgia
He has been a visiting lecturer on the Swiss Banking School’s (Now Swiss Finance Institute) executive IWEMBA (International Wealth Management Executive MBA) programme. He has also worked with the Financial Times on their Wealth Management Academy Series. He is the author and co-author of several books including, A Sixty Minute Guide to Powerful Presentations, A Sixty Minute Guide to Developing Key Accounts, A Sixty Minute Guide To Franchising, A Sixty Minute Guide to Direct Mail, all for the Sixty Minute Business Book Company.
Venue to be announced shortly.