“Openness and Appreciation of Different Ideas
We developed a 9-month intervention that create openness, and appreciation of different ideas build on existing strengths and develop a collaborative, empowered, agile and high-performing team operating in an environment of trust and openness.
Our approach worked on two levels:
• Individual level. Increase awareness of individual unconscious limiting patterns of behaviour in order to significantly enhance agility, communication and decision-making.
• Collective level. Focus on the impact individuals had on the collective in order to highlight how these behaviors contributed to the team and hence how their personal success was dependent on the success of the team”
“The approach took on 4 phases:
Define the team challenge – Using Large-scale interactive process (LSIP)
The first thing is to understand and define the interpersonal and strategic challenges the team is facing and then define what success would look like.
Understanding the individuals – Using Appreciative Inquiry based questioning”
“Individual conversations, psychometric tests and stakeholder interviews will be conducted to understand each person’s self-perceived value proposition, development needs and patterns of behaviour. Enablers and obstacles to team collaboration will also be uncovered.”
“Team building workshop around Feedback – Using Appreciative Inquiry Summits
The teams come together for a three- day workshop focused around giving and receiving feedback as per the 4D cycle format. The safe environment created by the facilitators allows new levels of trust and openness to be created in the team. Based on the open and honest feedback, each individual is able to create their own leadership development practices based on their new understandings of their own behaviors. The team then comes together three more times on a quarterly basis to assess individual and collective progress and continue the feedback and support practices.”
“Coaching conversations – Using the GROW Model
In this phase selected individuals undergo a coaching conversations program and training in methods like GROW and Inneagram of coaching. Each participant is matched with two other team members and a certified coach that could best support their progress in clearly defined Leadership Growth Areas. Weekly small group coaching calls and inspiring multi-media content around mindfulness, emotional intelligence and communication will be circulated to help each individual develop new insights that could best support long term behavioral change as leaders.”
The employees can be convinced about the importance of mindfulness and its impact on productivity through short one-hour sessions in different batches. The managers can be made responsible for the mindfulness quotient of the organization.”
“We use exercises from the mindfulness-based treatment program by Fleming ; Kocovski (2007) aimed to reduce social anxiety using Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.”
1. The Raisin Exercise
This is a great introductory exercise for beginners to start practicing mindfulness since it can be attempted by anyone with any kind of food (although one with an interesting or unusual texture, smell, or taste is best).
In this exercise, the facilitator provides participants with a few raisins and asks that they pretend they have never seen a raisin before. The facilitator then asks that the group pay careful attention to:
• The way the raisin looks
• How it feels
• How their skin responds to its manipulation
• Its smell
• Its taste
Focusing on the single object of the raisin is meant to bring the participant’s mind to the present, to what is right in front of them.”
“2. Mindful listening
Mindful listening is an important skill and can be a great group mindfulness exercise. In general, people thrive when they feel fully “heard” and “seen.” In other words, mindful listening involves a form of self-regulation in which the focus on the self is set aside.”
“The Mindful Listening exercise involves these steps:
• Step 1: invite each participant to think of one thing they are stressed about and one thing they look forward to.
• Step 2: once everyone is finished each participant takes their turn in sharing their story with the group,”
• “Step 3: encourage each participant to direct attention to how it feels to speak, how it feels to talk about something stressful as well as how it feels to share something positive.
• Step 4: participants are instructed to observe their own thoughts, feelings and body sensations both when talking and listening.
• Step 5: after each participant has shared, you can break into small groups and answer the questions stated bellow. Next, you regroup into the whole group and have a discussion and debrief with these questions.”
“3. Mindful Walking Down The Street Technique
One core process, which can be influenced by mindfulness practice, is our ability to observe out thoughts emotions and sensations without reacting to fix them, hide them or solve them. This awareness creates room for choice between impulse and action which can help develop coping skills and positive behavioural change.”
• “In the first step of this intervention; the facilitator helps the client visualize a scenario in which they are walking down a familiar street when they look up and see someone they know on the other side of the street. They wave however the other person doesn’t respond and continues to walk right past.
• In the second step of the mindful walking exercise the facilitator prompts reflection from the client by asking a series of questions:
1. As you were imagining, did you notice any of your thoughts?
2. As you were imagining, did you notice any of your emotions?
• In the third and final step of the exercise, the facilitator asks the client to reflect on the series of emotions and thoughts that came up and how this affects their behaviour, whether the exercise was helpful and for any final comments.””
“4. The Three Minute Breathing Space
Unlike meditations or a body scan, this exercise is quick to perform and easy to get started with a mindfulness practice in your busy life or that of your clients.”
“This last exercise of Three Minute Breathing Space can be the perfect technique for those with busy lives and minds. The exercise is broken into three sections, one per minute, and works as follows:
1. The first minute is spent on answering the question, “how am I doing right now?”, while focusing on the feelings, thoughts, and sensations that arise and trying to give these words and phrases.
2. The second minute is spent on keeping awareness on the breath.
3. The last minute is used for an expansion of attention from solely focusing on the breath, feeling the in’s and out’s and how they affect the rest of the body.”