This article by Thomas Menkhoff was published in the Business Times, Singapore's only daily business broadsheet, on April 25 2012. Menkhoff queries the traditional attributes of 'Asian' business leadership and identifies mindfulness as a key quality of effective leadership that should be cultivated to enrich the development of global leaders.
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An invitation to participate in the first Mindfulness in Business Conference gave UK-based TPP Trainer Sally Muir a chance to lead a session on TPPs approach to Mindfulness in business through its “Corporate-Based Mindfulness Training (CBMT)”.
The conference was awash with organisations offering mindfulness in business courses in a variety of forms, so there were many experts in the topic of mindfulness present. It was very exciting to witness that TPP had a very powerful model of delivery, one that encompasses three main aspects of mindfulness that engage businesses:
- Scientific research
- Positive psychology
- Eastern philosophy
Says Sally Muir: “We do not excuse our inclusion of Eastern Philosophy, drawing from it the ancient practice that informs mindfulness while keeping the approach secular. It has depth and it works wonderfully!”
The 70+ participants seemed to agree, emphasizing in particular the authenticity of the workshop delivery: simple yet powerful; including short, regular sessions of formal mindfulness training. The practical benefits of “Mindfulness in Action” as well as the “Attitudes” , was something that was commented on, with comments ranging from: “It was absolutely fantastic," to “it was clear, well presented and easy to understand.”
The conference was delightful, informative event which linked many people in mindfulness around Europe. Hats off to Juliet Adams, the host, for her amazing vision and organisational abilities in making the event a success, and to the success of all who attended and brought such a wealth of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm that will surely help support and shape businesses around the world in a very positive way into the future.
Potential Project Senior Trainer Martin Ström interviewed Jeremy Hunter, an Assistant Professor of Practice from the Peter Drucker School of Management who has taught mindfulness to executives for more than a decade. Jeremy shared the story of how he came to teach mindfulness, his thoughts on how mindfulness is received in the workplace, and what role mindfulness can play in the modern business world.
Carlsberg is one of the great brands of the globe. Almost everyone knows the characteristic logo, travelling on the side of a Carlsberg truck through some interesting scenery. Carlsberg Group employs about 45,000 employees and is selling to about 150 markets – a truly global corporation.
Making sure that this global group receives all the information it requires to run efficiently is Carlsberg IT A/S, which supports the Carlsberg business with its approximately 400 employees. Always keen to improve its most important assets – its people – Carlsberg has now decided to roll out a full Corporate-Based Mindfulness Training programme to all its employees.
Says Kenneth Egelund Schmidt, VP and CIO: "I have myself been practicing mindfulness training for more than two years. It has been very valuable and useful to me, as it has given me tools to clear my thoughts and to focus on the task at hand, not letting everything else disturb my mind. So I can deeply recommend to join the programme!"
Introductory workshops for approximately 140 employees have commenced and will be followed up by the full training throughout March, April and May 2012.
From November 2011 to March 2012, VP Jacob Høedt Larsen undertook a Mindfulness Coaching program with The Potential Project. His company, Habro & Finansgruppen, manages property investments on behalf of 2,500 Danish investors. It employs 60 people in Denmark and 10 in the UK, managing real estate worth approximately 4 billion Euro in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.
To see what he had to say about his programme of Mindfulness Coaching with The Potential Project, check out the case study (PDF, 693 Kb).
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