Today, employers and organisations are more aware of their responsibility for the health and well-being of their staff. Mindfulness has an evidence base showing that with time and practice, it can assist in reducing anxiety and stress. Mindfulness can also help with interpersonal communication, focus and concentration.
Mindfulness can make it easier to focus and concentrate on the task at hand as well as improve self-awareness and emotional intelligence and therefore communication and relationships with fellow workers.
- Better mental health of staff
- Better work-life balance
- Healthier cultures in organisations
- Higher degrees of creativity and innovation
- Stronger levels of personal responsibility and leadership
- Greater levels of emotional intelligence (EQ)
- Less stress and worry
“Richard Fernandez, director of executive development and a psychologist by training [at Google] , says he sees a significant difference in his work behavior since taking the [mindfulness] class. “I’m definitely much more resilient as a leader,” he says. “I listen more carefully and with less reactivity in high-stakes meetings. I work with a lot of senior executives who can be very demanding, but that doesn’t faze me anymore. It’s almost an emotional and mental bank account. I’ve now got much more of a buffer there.” New York Times
MINDFULNESS WORKS IS A TRANS-TASMAN ORGANISATION COMPRISING THE REGION’S LARGEST GROUP OF EXPERIENCED MINDFULNESS EDUCATORS.
Mindfulness Works is the largest provider of mindfulness training and education in both Australia and New Zealand, with a special focus on:
- Jargon-free, practical and non-religious courses
- Courses and training for absolute beginners, who have never done mindfulness, meditation or even anything like it before
- Using modern language and down-to-earth situations to illustrate how mindfulness works
- Experiential learning – so people actually experience mindfulness, not just ‘learn’ about it
- A diverse range of experienced, mindfulness trainers with a wide range of backgrounds so people can relate to them
- Competitively-priced courses, making mindfulness as accessible as possible for both the general public and workplaces
- Supplementing our courses with the latest technology, such as the Wildflowers Mindfulness app.
WHY CHOOSE MINDFULNESS WORKS?
OUR TRAINERS ARE WHERE YOU NEED THEM TO BE
We have a network of mindfulness trainers throughout both Australia and New Zealand. Mindfulness Works is a trans-Tasman organisation comprising the region’s largest group of professionally trained mindfulness educators.
WE KNOW MINDFULNESS AND WE KNOW HOW TO TRAIN PEOPLE IN IT
Mindfulness Works created and delivers the number one, most popular beginners mindfulness course in Australia. Our Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation 4-week course is delivered to over 600 people in both Australia and New Zealand every month. Since inception, over 25,000 people have completed the Mindfulness Works Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation course.
EXPERIENCED, SKILLED, ACCREDITED MINDFULNESS EDUCATORS
All Mindfulness Works workplace trainers are accredited with Mindfulness Works having taken part in our training and induction. All our workplace trainers are experienced at delivering mindfulness training in organisational and workplace environments.
TRAINING AS BIG OR SMALL AS YOU WANT
As the largest mindfulness training organisation in Australia and New Zealand, we can easily deliver anything from one-hour small presentations to conference seminars and presentations to national ongoing workshops to trans-Tasman and online offerings.
We can provide experienced, specialist Mindfulness Trainers across both Australia and New Zealand.
IN-HOUSE TRAINING PROGRAMMES
We can provide in-house training programmes from small groups and small businesses to large groups and national or multi-national businesses.
We have a selection of excellent speakers and presenters on mindfulness who can speak at conferences and seminars and as after-dinner speakers. The talks can be humorous, indepth, with a focus on the science behind mindfulness or as down to earth and practical as you like.
ONE-OFF WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS
We can deliver one-off workshops within your organisation. These can be an hour long, a few hours long, half a day, full day or multi-day events.
ONGOING SUPPORT AND TRAINING
We can provide ongoing support and training for your organisation and staff. This can include one-on-one mentoring, regular mindfulness groups, online live video support — whatever suits you best.
We can provide you with both on-demand or live online mindfulness programmes.
ONE-ON-ONE MENTORING AND MINDFUL LEADERSHIP
We can provide trainers who are experienced working with CEOs, leaders and senior managers in either a group or one-on-one format in a mentoring capacity.
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OUR WORKPLACE, CORPORATE AND ORGANISATIONAL MINDFULNESS TRAINERS
Our workplace trainers:
- Have existing work experience in organisational or corporate environments — so know what this environment is like and won’t alienate participants
- Are down to earth and highly relatable
- Are experienced mindfulness practitioners and educators
- Are trained in and run the highly popular, exclusive “Mindfulness Works Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation” public courses.
MEET OUR NATIONWIDE NETWORK OF EXPERIENCED, SPECIALIST MINDFULNESS WORKPLACE TRAINERS
Neil Shepherd, Canberra
Neil is a passionate mindfulness educator. He has worked with ANU university as part of their staff well-being program, delivered performance focused mindfulness training for an elite cross fit gym, and staff training for a health care organisation.
Neil has worked in both public and private sectors across a variety of businesses and areas, including information systems, business intelligence, data analytics, systems management, business improvement, presenting and training. He has worked in senior management, held both senior consultant and technical roles.
Neil has qualifications in Mindfulness, Coaching, PSYCH-K Master facilitation, Workplace Training, Lean Six Sigma. He also trained with Dr Russ Harris in the mindfulness-based Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and with Dr Joe Dispenza (neuroscientist) in the study of neuroscience behind mindfulness.
Janette Dines, Sydney
Janette is a mindfulness educator, highly experienced lawyer. She was the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse from Nov 2012 until Jul 2014. Previously, Janette was the Director-General of Emergency Management Australia, responsible for coordinating Australia’s response to natural disasters and national security incidents.
Janette learnt mindfulness and began meditating in 2006 after experiencing panic attacks and brain freezes due to a high level of work stress and anxiety. Mindfulness practice made her a more compassionate leader and and enabled her to not just survive but to be successful in very demanding jobs.
Lyndi Smith, Brisbane
Lyndi Smith is a fully qualified mindfulness meditation teacher (BSY). She runs Mind With Heart Australia, a charity taking mindfulness into schools. This year, Mind With Heart are in partnership with Queensland Department of Education, in a $250,000 research project on their Reconnected programme for teacher wellbeing. Lyndi has led over thirty mindfulness-and-compassion-based programmes with schools, families, local government and companies including Teachers Health Fund and Excite Media.
Jamie Brown, Brisbane
Jamie is an accredited Mindfulness Educator, Positive Psychology Practitioner, 121 Strengths Coach and Workplace Trainer. She has worked within the corporate sector in a variety of roles, most recently as a trainer/facilitator since 2013.
Jamie’s focus is on helping individuals, teams and organisations discover and lead their most happiest, meaningful and authentic lives. She became the 47th person in the world to complete the world’s only government accredited Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing and has also studied happiness and wellbeing courses at Yale University and The University of California.
Jamie is passionate about educating others to become the best version of themselves possible and to overcome any emotional and/or mental health challenges that may be negatively impacting both the home and workplace.
She has a variety of both online and face-to-face services for workplaces and individuals available at www.strategiceq.com
My Holland, Sydney
My Holland is an experienced mindfulness educator. She is also a coach, trainer and consultant in emotional intelligence, leadership development, resilience, mental toughness and positive psychology-neuroplasticity. She understands the needs of corporates as she has been immersed in this in Australia as well as Japan, Hong Kong, China and Vietnam. “We are all facing an alarming attention deficit as well as burnout or low engagement,” she believes.
After demanding corporate jobs overseas and in Sydney, My now runs her consultancy company www.eqathappinessquotient.com. specialising in high performance workplace culture, high resilient workplace and wellbeing at work. Her clients include: Macquarie University, Westpac, Headspace, E@Y, IIA and Internations. My’s formal qualifications include: MBA (Int. Marketing), MA (Int. Bus), BA (Japanese), Grad Cert in Higher Ed, Cert in Neuroscience and Positive Neuro Plasticity and TAE. She is accredited in the use of assessment tools including EQ-I -Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory, SEI Six Seconds, O.R.A.N.G.E.S positive psychology and the NEF Happiness at Work.
Jon Unal, Brisbane
Jon is a psychotherapist, mindfulness trainer and the founder of Conscious Beginnings. He is also an associate of Mindfulness Works Australia, one of the leading mindfulness training organisations in Australia and New Zealand.
He has been practising mindfulness and meditation for over 12 years and uses his experience to help others to develop greater self-awareness, resilience and well-being.
Jon currently lives in Brisbane and leads corporate and group mindfulness programs in addition to his psychotherapy private practice. He has facilitated programs for many organisations including Australian Counselling Association, BHP, Credit Union Australia, Kane Constructions, Queensland Police Service, QSuper, Sanofi, The Museum of Brisbane and The University of Queensland.
Lydia Vorona, Sydney
Lydia is an experienced educator with teaching qualifications from Adelaide University, The Mindfulness Training Institute of Australasia, iRest Institute USA and The Simply Music Institute of Learning and Education .
Lydia also has extensive corporate experience, including management roles with Tourism Australia, The Powerhouse Museum and The Ritz Carlton Group. Her skills include business development and project management, working in Australia and Europe. Lydia understands the pressures, issues and culture of fast-paced corporate environments and how mindfulness — as applied emotional intelligence — can support resilient, thriving workplaces.
Lydia delivers mindfulness training programs to a broad range of industries; her experience includes banking, telecommunications, education, tourism, healthcare, medical research, local government and the public service. In 2016 Lydia partnered with Mind with Heart International and The Queensland Department of Education in a $250,000 research project into mindfulness programs for teachers, with significantly favourable results.
In 2015 Lydia founded Be Still www.bestill.com.au , a mindfulness training company offering evidence-based training programs for groups and individuals.
Helene Orr, Sydney
Helene is a mindfulness educator and experienced senior executive and non-executive director in the public and NFP sectors. She brings insight and experience from 30 years of working with State and Commonwealth public sector and NFP organisations undergoing major transformation with executive management experience in governance and assurance, corporate services, business planning and performance, health, human services and workplace health and safety policy, programs and service delivery.
In 2015, based on a commitment to share the benefits of mindfulness and her experience of its application in corporate settings, she established Insight Governance, a consulting firm advising Boards and organisations in a range of areas of corporate and personal governance using mindfulness based tools to enhance organisational life and performance.
She provides advice to organisations on corporate and leadership wellbeing strategies to support sustainable business performance and employee engagement and resilience. These programs include Introduction to Mindfulness, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindful Leadership and Positive Leadership and Culture and are based on her own career challenges and insights, experiential practice and contemporary research evidence.
Helene’s preference is to work with clients in a trusted long-term partnership to achieve sustained results that link strategy, culture, leadership and human potential. In her work with Boards and senior executives, Helene focusses on advice and skills for self-mastery to strengthen and transform leadership presence and resilience exploring new ways of thinking and being in such roles.
Helene has completed mindfulness teacher training with the Mindfulness Training Institute Australasia in 2015.
Tiffany Scotton, Sydney
Tiffany is a mindfuness educator, qualified psychologist and accredited executive coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She has over 20 plus years of experience working with individuals and groups across Australia, Asia Pacific, the USA and the UK. Her work is underpinned by a focus on positive psychology, mindfulness and acceptance commitment therapy (ACT). Tiffany is a director and partner of Optim Leadership, a boutique business psychology consultancy that offers more than 20 years of global experience in growing the capability of people in business.
Lara Baker, Cairns
Lara is an experienced mindfulness educator. She has had 10 years’ training experience along with designing and running workshops for many different audiences. Lara’s tertiary background is psychology/community work; she has a Diploma of Youth Work and is also a certified trainer and assessor. Lara has worked under government and non-government organisations in various positions. She runs her own company: Community Training and comes from a strength-based approach right through all levels of an organisation from direct client contact to team dynamics to administration and allows organisations to perform at an optimal level.
Rita Young, Sydney
Rita is a mindfulness educator and Somatic Psychotherapist with 20 years clinical experience. She has completed all levels of training outlined by the Centre for Mindfulness (MASS) for the facilitation of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course and has been facilitating these courses for over 10 years. Her extensive experience includes teaching MBSR in the fields of health care, corporations and education, most notably to medical students at the University of Notre Dame.
Corporate clients have included the Reserve Bank of Australia, Bupa, Schneider Electrics, Taylors Wine and War Memorial Hospital. She has also facilitated workshops at Google and facilitated the first Google Detachment day; a full day mindfulness retreat for Google staff.
See Rita’s website at www.sydneymindfulnesstraining.com.au
Alison Hutchens, Sydney
Alison is a former senior executive. Her career of 27 years includes 24 years holding senior corporate positions, running teams in high pressure sales, consulting and service delivery environments. She has also lived and worked across Australia, Asia and Europe in various Business Consulting roles. Within this time, Alison has had first hand corporate experience working with monthly targets, productivity challenges, staff retention, customer satisfaction, stakeholder management and managing team morale. She has managed several diverse workforces with different challenges and knows what it is like to work under pressure whilst trying to maintain work/life balance
Leveraging her experience, Alison has become a fully certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher and has been teaching classes for more than 10 years. She is an accredited member of the of Meditation Association of Australia (AMA) and a member of the International Meditation Teachers Association (ITMA). She is a certified Emotional Intelligence Facilitator (GENOS), Master Practitioner of NLP and a Professional Coach (London Coaching Academy).
Through her own personal practice, Alison gained greater Emotional Intelligence (EQ), She found that her mindfulness and EQ training supported her mind to be more focused, clear and effective. She became more resilient. Productivity and performance increased significantly within her teams. This also allowed her to attract and retain quality staff.
Alison is passionate about delivering the benefits of Mindfulness and Resilience Coaching along with Emotional Intelligence to corporate life.
For more information on the various programs available visit her website: www.mindbodyenergy.com.au
Emma Corbett, Sydney
Emma began attending yoga classes with her father at age 12. However she always left before Savasana because she ‘didn’t have time’. Growing increasingly stressed managing multiple businesses as well as her circus performing career, Emma became drawn to Buddhist philosophy and mindfulness as an antidote to her endless ‘busy-ness’.
Now dedicated to ‘Being More’ and ‘Doing Less’, she has completed her Purna, Rocket and Yin Yoga teacher trainings, has presented at the Evolve Yoga Festival in Byron Bay and the Goddess Festival in Rajasthan, India. She is a regular guest instructor at Bali Silent Retreat in Indonesia and Head Teacher at the Flores Joyful Retreat.
She currently travels and teaches, leading her own yoga retreats entitled, The Heart of Yoga: www.yoga-retreat.se.
Anna Broadhead, Shellharbour and Wollongong
Anna is a mindfulness euducator with over 15 years corporate experience in Human Resources and Organisational Change. Anna holds a Bachlor of Commerce majoring in Human Resource Management and Marketing from the University of Wollongong, is Prosci Certified in Change Management and is a qualified workplace trainer (Cert IV in Training & Assessment).
For professional development, Anna has recently completed her Diploma in Positive Psychology and Wellbeing and continues her personal development through daily meditation practice.
Coco Nkrumah, Melbourne
Coco is a mindfulness educator with a background in MICBT (mindfulness-intergrated cognitive behavioural therapy) and MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction). Coco shares his down-to-earth, non-religious and practical knowledge on mindfulness in workplace and corporate settings. Some of his clients have included 7/11, Melbourne Men’s Shed, DFP Recruitment and Co-health. He has a passion for developing a culture of wellbeing with every organisation he works with. Reaching personal performance goals in the workplace through the practice of mindfulness is another one of his passions.
Coco’s company, Reality Based Mindfulness (RBM), is a Melbourne-based company dedicated to providing mindfulness training in a range of contexts. Operating in workplace and corporate settings, RBM strives to enable organisations to develop a culture of wellbeing, compassion, creativity and productivity. Coco knows how to cater his training to the individual’s needs. Having a background in sports coaching and martial arts enables him to get the most out of each person in his workshops and reach desired outcomes for organisations.
Anita Tesoriero, Melbourne
Anita Tesoriero is a mindfulness educator and registered Psychologist. She has broad experience in organisation development, large scale cultural change, leadership development, coaching, facilitation, counselling and mediation. She has successfully delivered services across a wide range of industries including local and state government, manufacturing, finance, retail and banking and has worked with many large organisations including Department of Primary Industries, Thales, Nillumbik Shire Council, Batessmart, BHP, Ericsson, Coles Myer, ANZ, NAB and Cadbury.
Anita’s formal qualifications include: BA (Hons) Psychology; MA Applied Psychology, University of Melbourne; MAPS
Anita is also accredited in the use of a variety of developmental tools including the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator), TMI (Team Management Index), DiSC Behavioural Profile, EQ-I -Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory and the Realise 2 Strengths Inventory.
Jennifer Bishop, Melbourne
Jennifer has worked with Corporate organisations, University and Business groups for over 25 years in management, consulting and training in marketing, management and leadership. She has held senior leadership positions in AGL, PMP and Assa Abloy and Telstra and has developed and delivered Corporate Training programs for Microsoft, Toyota Australia and the RACV.
She has led teams through significant organisational change, including through Merger and Acquisition Activity and held a range of roles with emerging and mature ASX business.
She has been a sought-after Guest Speaker for conferences, exhibitions and national corporate training events for Excellerate Australia, RMIT, AFMA, and Toyota Australia.
As a seasoned corporate facilitator, she is degree qualified in Marketing and has Post Graduate Qualifications in Digital Marketing, Stress in the Workplace and Workplace Training.
She is certified by The Gawler Foundation as a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, has done post Grad study in Stress in the Workplace and has Cert1V Workplace Training Qualifications. She has also completed the Google Search Inside Yourself Leadership Program that focusses on meditation, neuroscience and emotional intelligence. She has had 20 years attending Buddhist-based meditation programmes and has completed the MBSR programme.
She is the founder of Mindful Life Training that helps organisations to transform people leadership, workplace engagement and wellness through evidence-based mindfulness and compassion training.
Anne Rodgers, Adelaide
Anne is a mindfulness educator with extensive business and leadership experience. Formerly Managing Director of Starcom, a global media and communications agency, Anne led the Adelaide and Perth teams for 15 years. Achieving $90million billings peak with a team of 50 people across the disciplines of media and production for brand and functional advertising.
Anne holds a Diploma of Management and is a Level 1 Mindfulness Teacher training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australia. She also has completed a Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing,
Annie Harvey, Adelaide
Annie Harvey is mindfulness trainer and professional educator with more than 20 years combined experience as a teacher, adult educator and trainer, work and life coach, Annie is the owner and operator of a private tutoring centre, supporting an average of 90 children each week in literacy and numeracy.
Alongside this she works with private and corporate clients, with recent workplace experience including Centracare, Women’s & Children’s Hospital, TAFE SA, ISBEC and the AEU. Passionate about maintaining good mental health in the workplace, Annie applies various methodologies, including mindfulness, ACT and positive psycholdogy, to help people balance busy work and private lives.
Karen Metcalf, Perth
Karen has a Bachelor of Arts in Management and is an Accredited Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher with the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australia. Karen’s career includes senior executive positions in recruitment, human resources, women’s career development and training.
Karen’s own mindfulness discovery voyage began many years ago when she signed up as a research participant in a mindfulness program at Curtin University. Karen then began practising mindfulness daily, has completed many mindfulness courses, attends mindfulness conferences, attends 1–10 day silent retreats and is an active member of the Curtin University Mindfulness community. With directly experiencing the myriad of benefits of mindfulness in her own life, Karen was inspired to share this with others by becoming a certified Mindfulness teacher. Karen includes mindfulness in all aspects of life, ranging from work, to being a parent, play and everything in between.
Karen always feels honoured to share and facilitate people’s journeys with mindfulness.
Karen can be contacted via email at email@example.com
Cherise Vallet, Adelaide
Cherise is a qualified senior-level yoga teacher with Yoga Australia, as well as a yoga therapist and mindfulness practitioner. She has taught yoga classes and mindfulness courses/workshops in the Adelaide and McLaren Vale region for over a dozen years, as well as in many corporate settings in Adelaide and interstate.
Cherise also has a long background in management roles within the corporate world of print, media and newspaper production.
Her further development as a Yoga Therapist has allowed Cherise to bring her knowledge of yoga and mindfulness together to work one-on-one with individuals, providing coaching, mentoring, and assisting with developing personal practices for healing, strengthening and deepening on all levels – mental, emotional and physical.
Cherise has completed training with the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australia to develop her skills in bringing the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program to life through her own embodied practice and intensive study of this life-enhancing approach.
It is her greatest privilege to introduce individuals to the latent power within each of us to live fully and skilfully and in compassionate engagement with all the challenges and joys that come our way.
Diploma of Hatha Yoga Teaching – February 2005
Train the Trainer Certificate (TAFE) – November 2006
Relax&Renew® Restorative Yoga Trainer Certificate – August 2013
Somatics Exercise Coach Certificate – July 2013
Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy – October 2017
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction facilitation (Level II) – February 2019
Catherine Sherlock, Sydney
Catherine Sherlock is a mindfulness educator with a special interest in mental health and wellbeing in our modern lives. She has extensive qualifications in yoga and meditation in addition to over 30 years of workplace experience in various tiers of government, higher education and hospitality. This experience has included staff development and training within these settings.
Catherine has taught mindfulness in public courses, community service organisations, prisons, hospitals and privately. She is available to provide workplace mindfulness training within north-western Sydney.
Karen Bradford, Melbourne
Karen Bradford is a mindfulness educator and Clinical Hypnotherapist who specialises in stress management and chronic pain Management. Karen is also a Registered Nurse and has over 8 years’ experience as a corporate trainer creating, developing and delivering education and facilitating workshops to professionals.
Topics including mindfulness and stress management build strong relationships in team and health-related topics, for example, sleep, downtime, enhancing energy levels naturally. Also teaching coaching skills, advanced communication skills, behavioural change and assisting people to identify their inspiration, values, purpose and passion, change management, goal setting and working on making committed action and overcoming barriers.
Karen is qualified in self-compassion mindfulness through the Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and has studied extensively ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy, a mindfulness-based cognitive therapy). She is also a qualified mentor/coach with HeartMath Institute specialising in building resilience. She has a keen interest in neuroscience and has studied with Dr Sarah McKay from the Neuroscience Academy, Applied Neuroscience and Brain Health course. She also has a Certificate, Diploma and Master Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy.
Karen works with people individually or in groups using mindfulness education and therapy as well as clinical hypnotherapy. And she offers a free half–hour discovery session which is totally without obligation; it is an opportunity to discuss and explore people’s aspirations and needs are then how we might work together.
Karen is passionate about empowering people to acquire the skills needed to reduce stress and suffering, improve life experience and find joy in all that they do.
Noeline is a mindfulness educator with an extensive background in personal development, training and counselling, both at an individual and group level. She brings a depth of understanding to the challenges met by the individual based on a broad range of direct personal experience within the corporate setting, private companies and the not-for-profit sector, with both large and small groups as well as individuals.
Noeline is currently a mindfulness facilitator with Mindfulness Works Australia, the largest provider of public mindfulness courses in Australia. She is part of their specialist team working with trauma and mindfulness having counselled workplace staff for the Education Department, CSIRO, Workplace Safety and the State Government. Currently she is working in private practice.
She was formally trained in Hypnotherapy, Erickson Communication, NLP, Mediation/Conflict Resolution, The Gawler Wellness Programme and the Robbins/Madanes Strategic Intervention.
She is passionate about mental wellness and generating a fresh and transformative perspective with a creative, relaxed yet professional approach towards educating and assisting others in the benefits of mindfulness.
International Business people and leaders’ experiences of mindfulness programmes…
“Mr. Duane [a Google Engineer] took S.I.Y. four years ago and considers it as sort of an organizational WD-40, a necessary lubricant between driven, ambitious employees and Google’s demanding corporate culture. Helping employees handle stress and defuse emotion helps everyone work more effectively, he says.” New York Times April 2012
For Karen May, vice president for leadership and talent, S.I.Y. is a useful tool on several levels. “We have great people,” she says. “Now how do we keep them? Teaching employees with terrific technical abilities also means helping them to develop presentation skills and communication skills, helping them to understand their impact on other people, their ability to collaborate across groups and cultivate a mentality from which great motivation can spring.” New York Times April 2012
“The practice of mindful leadership gives you tools to measure and manage your life as you’re living it. It teaches you to pay attention to the present moment, recognizing your feelings and emotions and keeping them under control, especially when faced with highly stressful situations. When you are mindful, you’re aware of your presence and the ways you impact other people. You’re able to both observe and participate in each moment, while recognizing the implications of your actions for the longer term. And that prevents you from slipping into a life that pulls you away from your values.” – Bill George, professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and former chair and CEO of Medtronic.
” Google’s “Search Inside Yourself” programme has introduced mindfulness to more than 1,000 employees. “ Financial Times Magazine August 2012
“Aetna, one of the largest healthcare benefits companies in the US, began rolling out mindfulness and yoga programmes to its employees in 2010. The initiative was dreamed up by Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, himself a meditator. After attracting 3,500 employees, Aetna this year began offering workplace meditation and yoga as a service it sells to customers.” Financial Times Magazine August 2012