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Would you like to have more hours in a day? Or at least make better use of the precious time you have each and every day? Are you looking for opportunities to be more effective, calm, clear, and focused at work and at home? Are you interested in learning techniques to be more responsive and less reactive in everyday living?
Mindfulness is a scientifically validated and practical way to handle any kind of work environment with more presence, patience, insight, and effectiveness. It is the equivalent of going to the gym for the mind – if you want to be high performing you need to train the mental muscle.
In this enjoyable, interactive course we will explain, demonstrate, and practice, scientifically-validated solutions to everyday work and life challenges. We will also give you the tools to start a simple yet powerful daily training routine that can help you be more kind, creative, productive, happier and healthier.
- Be more effective at work
- Be more calm and clear
- Have more patience
- Increase awareness
- Feel happier and healthier
- 15 hours interactive workshop
- Weekly follow up
- Coaching tips and tools
- Mindfulness manual and log book
- CD to guide daily training
- Additional materials to enhance learnings
- 10 minutes of daily personal training
|When:||Wednesday Evenings 6:30 – 8:00pm|
643 Younge Street, 2nd FloorToronto, ON, M4Y 1Z9
Bloor subway or Green P on Charles St.
|Investment:||Part 1: $1,200 Part 1&2: $2,200
Early discount of 20% when registered before March 19th
To register for this course, email Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Part 1: Building the Foundation||Part 2: Enhancing your Training|
|W1 April 2 Introduction to Mindfulness at Work||W6 May 14 Mindful Meetings & Acceptance|
|W2 April 9 Multi-tasking & Presence||W7 May 21 Mindful Emails & Non Judging|
|W3 April 16 Clear Goals & Patience||W8 May 28 Communication & Joy|
|W4 April 23 Priorities & Kindness||W9 June 4 Energy Management & Letting Go|
|W5 April 30 Planning & Beginners’ Mind||W10 June 11 Mindful Living & Going Forward|
Facilitator – Wendy Woods, Senior Trainer, The Potential Project
Wendy is a corporate trainer and coach with over 10 years of experience supporting leaders and teams in Emotional Intelligence and Resiliency throughout North America. She integrates a mindfulness practice into her workshops and coaching to provide clients with strategies to deal with high stress and complex environments. Her clients include Ernst & Young, Johnson & Johnson and TD Bank Financial Group. She is also a member of the faculty in the University of Toronto’s Certificate in Applied Mindfulness Meditation and her articles on mindfulness in corporations have appeared in the Rotman School of Management magazine. Wendy holds an Honours B.A. in Psychology, an M.B.A and is certified in Emotional Intelligence 2.0.
Testimonials from previous course participants:
“Being mindful means I can put my all into a certain task, rather than half thinking about all the other tasks that need doing. As a direct result of the program, I am less easily distracted, and because I am calmer and more focused, I tend to get projects completed faster than before.”
–Ellie Warner, Analyst Relations Manager, HP Enterprise Business
“It sounds a little cliché but the course has changed my life! The most significant impact has been newly found insightfulness into what is happening to me and the effect I have on others. I am more productive at work, get better sleep at night, and am able to brush off difficult situations with more ease.”
–Sarah Webster, Senior Technical Accountant, Standard Chartered Bank
“I have developed an awareness of my own state of focus, and realize that I have control over it. I can choose to be present in a conversation or focus on a piece of work rather than allowing it to happen to me. Now I exercise my choice, I notice that I am more present in meetings and less easily distracted.”
–Andrew Jones, Executive Coach, Career Counselor and Mentor
“We all strive to be better at what we do. However, if we do not have the fundamentals right, as in the right mind space, any new learning is lost. Mindfulness has enormous benefits in our lives in general including improved attention, memory, productivity, health, happiness and creativity. Mindfulness is an essential element of any corporate environment.”
–Ruth Harris, Senior Marketing Professional and Corporate Trainer
“The Potential Project’s CBMT program enabled us to not only understand the science behind mindfulness but more importantly how we can integrate it into our daily working life. My team and I have developed a regular mindfulness practice and have positively altered the way in which we conduct meetings and use email. We are learning to become more present, and with more presence comes greater engagement, meaning and productivity.”
–Loren I. Shuster, Country Director – Singapore & Emerging Markets, Google Asia Pacific
“In what is often our chaotic pace of life, the course has been a wonderful experience and essential opportunity to pull back from the fray and discuss with like-minded people the issues that most of us face on a daily basis. As we develop these new skills, it’s so incredibly satisfying to see them implemented and not only improve our daily productivity but to do it in a calm and relaxing way.”
–Dominic Kelly, Managing Director, Empire Financial Planning
The 24/7 demands of business are leading to greater absenteeism, less effective decision making and lower employee engagement and productivity. While the hectic pace of business has been acceptable in the past, there is a growing need for a more mindful workplace. This workshop explores why mindfulness is critical to engagement, focus and productivity.
Hear What Our Coaching Clients Have to Say About Us:
“My one-on-one sessions with Wendy helped me to pinpoint areas of my life where I could make changes. Once I realized that I did have control, I was able to stop thinking of myself as a victim. Wendyhelped me brainstorm positive, specific steps that I could take to ease the stress in my life.”
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“Wendy helped me look forward to my future and not be intimidated by it. With her help, I also landed a great new job”
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Our coaching programs can get you clarity on:
- Career or life goals,
- transitions or
- managing challenging situations.
Find out how we can help you with a complimentary assessment. Email us now to book a time!
Believe you can and you’re halfway there. ~ Theodore Roosevelt, Former President of the United States of America
Change your thoughts and you change your world. ~ Norman Vincent Peale, Author
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson, Poet
Mankind is made great or little by its own will. ~ Friedrich Schiller, Philosopher
The power of imagination makes us infinite. ~ John Muir, Author
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’! ~ Audrey Hepburn, Actress
What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? ~ Robert H. Schuller, Author
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A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. ~ David Brinkley, Newscaster
Action is the foundational key to all success. ~ Pablo Picasso, Painter
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. ~ Abraham Lincoln, Former President of the United States of America
Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it… Success is shy – it won’t come out while you’re watching. ~ Tennessee Williams, Writer
Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. ~ David Frost, Writer
None of us is as smart as all of us. ~Ken Blanchard, American Author
We must all hang together or most assuredly we shall hang separately. ~Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father
Teamwork is the ability to work as a group toward a common vision, even if that vision becomes extremely blurry. ~Author Unknown
If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. ~Henry Ford, Industrialist
No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poet
In union there is strength. ~Aesop, Writer
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“There are few, if any, jobs in which ability alone is sufficient. Needed, also, are loyalty, sincerity, enthusiasm and team play.” –William B. Given, Jr. Author
“When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.” –Betty Bender, Motivational Speaker
“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” –Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States
”Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.” –James M. Barrie, Scottish Author and Dramatist
“The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work, but in the excellence of the work he produces.” –Thomas Aquinas, Catholic Priest
Staying inspired at work can be, to put it slightly, trying. Perhaps we’ve had a slow week or month ,maybe we’ve been working on the same tasks for some time. Whatever the case, it doesn’t mean werenot good or committed to what we do, we might just need a little boost. Though the quick response isoften to look to your management for inspiration, there are things we can do individually for a jolt of lasting inspiration.
Find your Inspiration
Even if you’re not anywhere near a senior position you should still feel a personal connection to your work. To feel more than just a cog in a wheel, try talking to your manager to understand their outlook and priorities in their position. For example how do they effectively manage employees while also meeting the needs of their superiors? How do they stay connected to their position? For you to be inspired to commit to this task you must find that greater responsibility that supersedes your job description. (David Silverman, Is “Employee Motivation” an Oxymoron?, HBR, Sept. 2, 2008)
One of the best motivational tools I’ve come across is also the simplest: push yourself harder . When you feel like things are getting slow or too routine, push yourself just a little more. Perhaps the task you’ve come so accustomed to always takes you an hour to complete. Instead of dreading the thought of another mundane report, try and do it in half the time. By giving yourself an added goal besides merely completing the task, you’ll test your skill, speed and accuracy (all while impressing your boss). Further, once you succeed in cutting your time, that success will fuel a positive attitude, and, in turn, motivate and inspire you further.
Focus on your Personal Story, Not a Paid Goal
Instead of focusing on goals that revolve around advances in title and compensation, focus on your personal story . Ask yourself, what type of person am I? What type of person do I want to be? Consciously deciding what type of person you want to be and working toward that is a fantastic motivator when it comes to our daily actions. Staying at work just because you’re getting paid will probably not garner much enthusiasm. However, staying at work because you want to help and assist in the growth of the company, or helping a co-worker overcome an obstacle adds to your social capital and works to fulfill your personal story.
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Peter Drucker has been quoted as saying “The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.” An inability to communicate can be disastrous for any organization. As a result, it is not only up to managers, but also employees to ask questions that further their understanding.
These simple tips are designed to extract valuable information from any assignment. Whether from an employee or employer (the leader, the manager, etc.) both parties should bridge communication gaps.
Use Goals as a Guide for each Assignment. Both managers and employees need to have a clear understanding of each project’s and task’s goals. Managers and leaders need to remove barriers to goal achievement (Judith A. Hale, The performance consultant’s fieldbook: tools and techniques for improving organizations and people) while employees need to ensure they are clear on the goal of their project not simply their role. Here are simple questions both parties can ask:
What is the ultimate goal of this project?
How can I help you achieve our common goal?
An employee may want to post the goal somewhere visible so they don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. The employer should outline the goal, and other expectations, in writing and arrange a meeting to ensure that the employee is well equipped to achieve the project/task goal.
Take Note of Due Dates. Manuel Ortiz Braschi, author of Time Management Strategies for Ultimate Success, states “Time is unchangeable and intangible – only our attitudes towards time can be changed.” You cannot control your deadlines. What you can control is how you use the time before this date. Again here are simple clarifying questions:
What are the milestone dates for the task/project?
When would it be helpful for us to check-in so you can update me on the project progress?
Employees should create project lists to ensure they understand what activities must be finished at each phase before they move on to the next. Employers should also schedule weekly or monthly (depending on the size of the project) check-in meetings where employees can share what they have accomplished to date.
Be aware of everyone’s roles and who you can go to for help. “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success”- Henry Ford. You are all working towards a common goal, so why not “work” towards it together?
Who can I approach should I have a question? Who will I be working most closely with?
Who will you go to for help if I am not available?
Employees should make sure they have at least one other co-worker that they feel comfortable asking for help. This will ensure that their concerns are addressed in a timely manner. Employers should clarify how they want their teams to ask questions and how they can get their questions answered most efficiently (e.g. email, phone, texting).
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With the new year in full swing you may believe that it is your time to make a difference. Perhaps stepping out of the shadow of your coworkers or showing your supervisor what you can do. In How to Get Your idea Approved, author Amy Gallo reveals the 3 essential strategies to utilize when seeking approval for an idea.
Two Heads are Better than One
Before scheduling that formal meeting with your supervisor, I would ensure that your ideas are complete. Gallo suggests testing the theory by asking colleagues which in my opinion allows you to gauge whether after each conversation the idea is ready to go or needs more tweaking. If fellow employees can find faults with the idea, imagine what a boardroom full of executives with strict budgets and zero tolerance would do. Speaking with individuals who are “responsible for giving the green light” holds 3 purposes according to Gallo:
-Builds curiosity and establishes a need
-Demonstrates that you value feedback and recommendations
-Helps to seal cracks in your proposal and reveals areas to improve and expand
I strongly believe that the more you take in from your audience the better you can prepare and build a strong case for your idea.
Build on what you know
Writing out a detailed outline of your proposal would aid in uncovering any areas that key stakeholders might pick at in a formal meeting. If you come across a section that you cannot elaborate on then it’s likely that you have not thought it through. Gallo believes it is best to think about any possible concerns that your boss may have with your idea.
In Buy-In, Lorne Whitehead and John P. Kotler consider the 3 techniques that people use to bring down an idea:
-Asking confusing questions and for unnecessary detail
-Raising suspicions, fear and doubt
-Not taking your idea seriously and putting it off
Instead of dodging these attacks, Gallo recommends welcoming such questions and developing concise, honest responses to match. If there ever comes a time when an unfamiliar topic surfaces I suggest thinking calmly of what you know and building on it.
Establish a Need
I like to start my presentations off by establishing a need through careful research of company goals and values. Your superiors must realize that a change is required otherwise your idea is dead from the get go. Gallo considers following with the essentials like how you propose a change and how your idea benefits them. I walk the audience through my thinking process so that each step refers to the goals of my proposal. Including a tangible timeline allows the board to consider the costs that will be incurred and allows me to explain how quickly they will be recovered. But, Gallo recommends not overwhelming them with too much detail; it can distract from the main goals and can inadvertently kill the “positive mindset” that you’re trying to build.