mindfulness in organisations
Mindfulness training for the business and corporate sector can take the form of:
Presentations as part of leadership and professional training days
Introduction to mindfulness sessions in the workplace
A series of one-hour sessions for staff and/or managers
A half-day training, with follow-ups
Residential retreats for managers and staff.
Example of contents of mindfulness presentation for managers:
Definition of mindfulness and its key principles
Benefits of mindfulness
The balance of being and doing; the importance of resting the mind
Mindfulness and how it relates to leadership and the encouragement of self-responsibility
Mindfulness and creativity in the workplace
Practice of attention regulation and utilizing the power of present-moment awareness.
Use of the senses in mindfulness practice as a tool to be "here, now"
Guided mindfulness exercises
Managing one's energy states at work to develop sustainable well being
How to identify key "stressors" (disturbances) in one's internal environment that inhibit mindful presence.
Consideration of the tyranny and power of the thinking faculty of the human mind
Discussion and enquiry to share experience and build on the group’s learning
Suggestions and resources for ongoing mindfulness enquiry
FEES available on request.
“Rachel presented a mindfulness workshop for around 100 staff at planning day earlier this year. The task was difficult one – present an idea that was foreign to most of the attendees (many of whom would rather have been elsewhere), in less than an hour. Rachel’s articulate, and easy-going presentation style meant that even the most sceptical members of the audience were open to new concepts and practices. Really happy to have Rachel involved in our planning day and would recommend her to any organisation looking to introduce the benefits of mindfulness to their workforce.”
- Edward O’Connor, Business Services Manager, Victoria University Library, Wellington
"Rachel Tobin has worked for me as Chief Executive of Porirua City Council on several assignments. Rachel has worked very well with my Executive Management Team, ... with humour and thoughtful input and insightful comment. She created a group dynamic that encouraged team members to be self-disclosing. I would have no hesitation in recommending Rachel Tobin as a highly skilled facilitator for executive and organisational development".
- Sir Roger Blakeley, Wellington
“As part of our wellness month Rachel gave a presentation on mindfulness. In the one-hour session Rachel went through the benefits of mindfulness, explained exactly what it is, and provided a practical session as well. This session proved to be very informative and valuable to our staff, and many have gone on to practise mindfulness on daily basis. I would definitely recommend workplaces trying this – a fun and informative session.”
- Tanya Coombe, Human Resources, Open Polytechnic, Lower Hutt.