Concentrate on achieving a balanced state of mind without worrying too much if you are carried away by thoughts now and again. This style of training is suitable for beginners and we recommend you start with a very short period, kaizen style, to see what you might gain. You could start by committing to five days of training for 5 minutes per day using the countdown timer on your phone.
After training look for any improvement to your attention span.
Formal practice sessions
In pre-session, which usually occurs on the first day of training, the coach holds a question and answer session about the adaptive mindfulness practice and ensures that all managers present have a clear idea of what will be involved during this mental training program. This is also an opportunity for the coach to set up timing and locations for practice.
Practice occurs for 20 minutes per day for five days. During training sessions the coach carefully observes the participants to provide proper feedback during the post-session to those who may be struggling.
After each training session, the coach provides immediate feedback and answers questions from participants before speaking privately with anyone seen to be having difficulties.
These sessions are designed to create an open and relaxed atmosphere so that managers feel comfortable providing feedback and coaches can ensure that practice sessions continue to be effective. It’s our philosophy that everybody possesses an equality of potential when it comes to developing mindfulness. The job of the coach is simply to allow the participants to improve their thinking and matchup to their personal potential. It is not the job of the coach to teach declaratively, but rather to focus participants on certain tasks in a certain sequence to achieve the best results.
adaptive mindfulness approach
There are two main types of corporate mindfulness program. Formal Programs involve foundational mindfulness exercises such as mindfulness of breath. Applied Mindfulness involves using what one learns in the Formal Program to specific workplace targets:
- mindful communication,
- mindful leadership,
- mindful emailing,
- mindful breaks and
- mindful meetings. Etc.
These practices help integrate mindfulness seamlessly into work and increase organisational mindfulness at all levels. Participants of organisational mindfulness training must not be compelled to take part. Some wonder if mindfulness practice is simply something of a psychosocial Band-Aid, placating managers so that they are coping with stress and saving on the investments that would treat the root cause. This criticism does not apply to our work because organisational mindfulness is just one component of our stress management approach.