Cultivating Mindfulness in Management

7 week course Priory Street Centre, York
From 4th February 2020
14:00 to 16:00
From £260 (discount options available)

‘Mindfulness should no longer be considered a “nice-to-have” …

It’s a “must-have”: a way to keep our brains healthy, to support self-regulation and effective decision-making capabilities, and to protect ourselves from toxic stress.’

Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain, Harvard Business Review

Inspired by the well-recognised professional and organisational benefits of mindfulness* and advances in organisational neuroscience our Cultivating Mindfulness in Management training focuses on some of the more forgotten aspects of managing ourselves and others, offering a rare opportunity to understand, proactively cultivate and practically implement skills supportive of a more mindful and ‘brain friendly’ approach to management.

*Please see Mindfulnet.org (Juliet Adams) for details of research focussing specifically on workplace applications of mindfulness including desirable workplace outcomes such as leadership capability, performance, change management, safety and wellbeing.

Course Content

Whether we’ve worked hard to get there or somehow found ourselves promoted, the role of a manager can bring unexpected challenges.

Sandwiched as they are between leadership and frontline staff, managers face significant challenges, requiring a delicate balancing act between day to day operational demands and the softer(!) skills associated with effective management.

These challenges often extend beyond practical and technical skills, incorporating as they do the more human dimensions of managing others.

In addition to detrimentally impacting on performance, without adequate support and professional development such demands can begin to affect the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of ourselves and in turn those around us (both at home and at work).

Whilst we are often supported in the development of advanced technical skills, how often do we think about the preparation and cultivation of psychological skills supportive of our role in managing other human beings with all their strengths and vulnerabilities and their potential for both greatness and trickiness?

Our Cultivating Mindfulness in Management (CMM) training offers space to actively consider some of the more forgotten aspects of management. Consisting of an Introductory Workshop ‘The Mind of the Manager’ (bookable separately) , 7 weekly sessions of 2 hours, and a post course ‘Mindfulness in Practice’ workshop the training uses a rich variety of approaches and techniques designed to develop increased awareness, thereby offering a proactive and authentic engagement with the more human dimensions of managing ourselves and others.

Course Structure

8 modules consisting of an Introductory Workshop ‘The Mind of the Manager’ , 7 weekly sessions of 2 hours, and a post course ‘Mindfulness in Practice’ workshop.

Please note: ‘The Mind of the Manager’ is offered as an introductory workshop allowing delegates to see if they would like to attend a subsequent ‘Cultivating Mindfulness in Management’ course. It is bookable separately, please check out our eventbrite page for more details. Attending (or being booked to attend) ‘The Mind of the Manager’ qualifies you for a discounted course rate – please use the Organisational Discount Rate when booking a Cultivating Mindfulness in Management Course.

Group size: min 6 to max 14

Individual commitment to meditation practice: We recommend that individuals commit to 20 to 30 minutes meditation per day for the duration of the course to support the cultivation of increased awareness, insight and where appropriate, long term behavioural change.

Week 1: Managing Attention
What do we know about attention, the benefits of training our attention and what is mindfulness?
Week 2: Managing Ourselves
Exploring our ‘inner management strategies’. What does self-care look and feel like?
Week 3: Managing Difficulty and Complexity
Managing naturally includes the management of difficulty. In this session we will explore a mindful approach to difficulty.
Week 4: Managing Human Beings
Why are those ‘soft’ skills sometimes so ‘hard’?! Exploring our interactions with others through the lenses of emotional awareness and mindful communication.
Week 5: Managing Times of Transition and Change
Better understanding the nature of change in our personal and professional lives. Exploring the possibility of approaching change in a more skilful ‘brain friendly’* way.
Week 6: Managing with Awareness, Courage and Authenticity
The possibilities of seeing more clearly, better managing this moment and living in a way which is aligned to our values.
Week 7: Creating Conditions for Mindful Management**
Bringing greater awareness to the inner and outer conditions supportive of mindfulness and how we might cultivate these in our lives.
Post Course Mindfulness in Practice Workshop ‘Nurturing Seeds of Possibility’
Space to explore the trials and tribulations of practicing mindfulness amidst the realities of day to day life.

* Hilary Scarlett, Neuroscience for Organisational Change.

**Title inspired from Workplace Mindfulness Training – WorkplaceMT from TME

Led by an experienced facilitator, backed by scientific research and presented in an easy to understand format, each session covers particular exercises and topics that are explored within the context of mindfulness.

These include different forms of mindfulness meditation practices and mindful awareness and are designed to guide you through establishing (or deepening) a meditation practice, thereby allowing mindfulness to become part of your day to day life, both personally and professionally.

Personal workbooks and meditation downloads are provided for all participants, along with inter-class support.

Expected Outcomes:

Through an understanding of neuroscience alongside the cultivation of a meditation practice, group discussion and self-reflection individuals will develop

  • improved focus and concentration
  • deeper levels of self-awareness
  • an understanding of the importance of self-care, physical, mental and emotional health
  • a more nuanced understanding of difficulty in the workplace
  • practical people management skills (in the human-being sense of the word!)
  • inner resources and practical approaches to managing periods of change
  • improved listening, communication and problem solving skills
  • increased authenticity in their approach to management
  • the ability to identify habitual patterns that can inadvertently trap us into outgrown and/or ineffective ways of living and managing.

Who is this Course For?

This course is designed specifically for those with management responsibilities. It is suitable for those in supervisory, management and leadership level roles and ideal for those looking to cultivate inner resources to manage themselves, others and the complex demands of working environments more ably.

Our courses are:

  • suitable for beginners as well as those wishing to refresh their mindfulness practice
  • open to all adults (minimum age 18 yrs, no maximum – our oldest participant to date has been 84 and he completed the course twice)
  • ideal for people who see their personal development as their own responsibility and who like to learn from their experiences, rather than looking for a quick fix.

Please Don’t Forget…

Mindfulness is a skill which takes both time and personal commitment to be learned. Whilst participants may well experience a change in ‘state’ as a result of ad-hoc meditations, the researched benefits of mindfulness come from the regular practice of mindfulness meditation and the possibility of changes in ‘trait’*. If you are interested in learning mindfulness we therefore ask that you read the ‘Commitment Required’ section of the course booking page.

*From States to Traits: the Latest Science on What Meditation can and Can’t Do

Commitment Required

Cultivating Mindfulness in Management is not designed to be a “quick fix”, relaxation class or academic management training. Nor is it simply a meditation class. The course offers the opportunity to engage personally in learning a valuable life skill offering a wide range of potential benefits. The development of this requires a significant personal commitment both to attending all 8 sessions and developing a regular meditation practice at home. This includes a commitment to 30 minutes meditation daily for the duration of the course alongside a willingness to explore mindfulness within your day to day live.

As each class builds on the preceding week, we would recommend that anyone who misses a class attends a “catch up session”. We are happy to accommodate this in the case of illness etc., but regret that if more than two classes are missed, or two classes in a row, you may not be able to finish the course. Catch ups are usually provided on a one-to-one/small group basis with one of the course instructors and take 30 minutes to complete. There is a nominal charge of £15 for this service.

We would also strongly advise not missing weeks 3 and 4. We therefore recommend carefully checking the course schedule below before reserving a place. Thank you.

Course Schedule

This course will be taught over 7 classes from 4th February to 24th March (excluding a break on 18th February), with an additional follow up session on the 21st April. Each class will be 2 hours long and will take place on Tuesdays from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

Course Facilitator

The facilitator for this course is Sally Roberts. As a self-confessed workaholic it was only in response to ill health that Sally first found herself drawn to mindfulness in 2008. Having experienced how transformational mindfulness can be on a personal level it was the potential of mindfulness in the workplace which inspired Sally to train to teach mindfulness during 2012. In the years which have followed she has had the privilege of sharing many journeys into mindfulness and continues to be inspired by the transformational impact these can have at both a personal and professional level. As a former HR Manager (MCIPD) Sally is passionate about the transformational potential of mindfulness in organisations, developing a particular interest in relation to HR teams and leadership development. Workplace examples of the centre’s work in organisations and a thought leadership piece on the role of insight in Human Resources are shared as contributory authors in Chapman-Clarke’s ‘Mindfulness in the Workplace: An Evidence-based Approach to Improving Wellbeing and Maximizing Performance’.

Frequently Asked Questions…

What if I miss a class?

We are happy to provide ‘catch up’ sessions for those who miss a class due to illness or emergency – please see above ‘commitment required’ for further details.

Is there disabled access to the venue?

The venue is accessible.

What further information will I receive?

All our delegates receive “Joining Advice” one week before their course commences. This email will include information on the class schedule, venue and facilities, and a link to our “pre-course questionnaire” which we would be grateful if you could complete before the course commences.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you decide to cancel your place on this course, we will refund your full course fee, minus a £20 administration charge, if we receive notice from you at least 14 days before the 1st class, or thereafter:

  • 75% of your course fee if notice is given before the 2nd class
  • 50% of your course fee if notice is given before the 3rd class
  • No refunds will be issued after the 3rd class

In the case that the course is cancelled by The Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion, all course fees will be refunded in full.

How do I know if someone teaching a mindfulness course is appropriately trained?

There are no formal regulations stipulating who can teach mindfulness, however, we follow the UK Good Practice Guidance developed by leading teacher training organisations in the UK for Mindfulness-Based Teachers: https://www.ukmindfulnessnetwork.co.uk/uk-listing/

I am considering training to teach mindfulness, will this course enable me to do this?

For those looking to teach mindfulness we would recommend having a look at the UK Network for Mindfulness Based Teacher Training Organisations which gives guidance on good practice and teacher training organisations within the UK. An 8-week MBSR, MBCT or 10-week MBLC course is generally considered a good starting point (including attendance on a day retreat) and often a pre-requisite to attending teaching training. Given several of our courses are adaptations of the traditional 8 week format, if you are looking to follow a particular training route it is worth checking any stipulated pre-requisites with your training provider.

My organisation is interested in/supportive of mindfulness – do you offer in-house training?

Yes we offer a full range of in-house mindfulness training, including stress reduction, resilience, change management, compassionate care, creativity and leadership development. Introductory workshops are an important first step for those wishing to offer mindfulness training. Please see our workplace webpage or get in touch for further information. We have also agreed employee discounts with a number of local organisations. If you are unsure as to whether or not your organisation has this offer in place please check with your HR/Staff Benefits/Management team.

What is your privacy policy?

We recognize the importance of protecting your personal information and are committed to processing it responsibly and in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Please click on the link below to see our Privacy Statement which describes what happens to any personal data that you give to us, or any that we may collect from or about you. It applies to all courses and services, and instances where we collect your personal data: https://yorkmbsr.co.uk/privacy-policy

If you have a question which has not been answered,

further FAQs are available on our website or you can contact us directly at relax@yorkmbsr.co.uk.