Following the big success of our programs in Europe, Asia and Australia, the time has come to focus on the US and Canada.
Professor Jochen Reb from Singapore Management University and Cambridge University has been studying the effects of Corporate Based Mindfulness Training in different companies.
Amongst others he has studied the impact in the largest Scandinavian insurance company, If Insurance, and found significant improvements in:
Job performance, work-Life balance, focused attention, job satisfaction, organizational citizenship behavior, commitment to the organization, emotional balance, and lowered intention to quit the job.
More research on its way from Professor Jochen Reb as well as from other universities that are conducting research on CBMT.
In April 2013 The Potential Project expanded, with 18 new accredited trainers ready to deliver the CBMT program.
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.
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).
The newly launched Mindfulness Training for Individuals has become an instant success. Following the well-tested outline of our CBMT program, it offers individuals the opportunity to immerse themselves in Mindfulness Practice in the framework of a 1-on-1 coaching setup.
IF Insurance, the leading Scandinavian insurance company with approximately 6,400 employees, has asked The Potential Project to conduct a 4-month Mindful Leadership Program for a group of 20 leaders from its Danish headquarters.
After having experienced the benefits of Mindfulness Training in corporate working life through an earlier CBMT Program, IF Insurance is now determined to bring these benefits to its leaders as well. This time the program will incorporate training to manage the added challenges that leaders and managers face in a corporate environment.
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The Fountain Centre is a holistic therapy centre run by volunteers and therapists within St Lukes Hospital in Guildford, Surrey, UK. The centre offers a range of therapies, counseling and support for those undergoing treatment for cancer and their carers. As one of the volunteers herself, Sally Muir, a senior trainer at TPP, offers one-to-one mindfulness training in addition to other therapies.
Following a highly successful introductory presentation of CBMT at a team away day in 2010, Sally was asked to run two half-day follow-up training sessions in October 2011 for a group of twelve therapists. The two half-days included a brief overview and recap of the science behind mindfulness, neuroplasticity and the ABCD of mindfulness practice, followed by mindfulness in action and the eight attitudes. The sessions included interactive exercises and, of course, plenty of mindfulness practice.
The workshops were very well received and the therapists were enthusiastic about integrating the practice themselves. They also made many cognitive connections in relation to their work and were able to see how Mindfulness could benefit their clients. Feedback was very positive
Every part of it was helpful and mind opening, everything was clear and well presented. The main point for me was ‘to be present when meeting others’. This can be difficult especially when meeting challenging clients. It was excellent.
– Rima Minassian, Fountain Centre Therapist
The National University of Singapore's Business School is organizing a seminar on mindful leadership together with Centre for Strategic Leadership. The Potential Project has been asked to deliver a keynote speech on the topic together with an executive and a researcher. Click here for more information (PDF, 586 Kb).
The Swedish branch of Potential Project just spend two days at "Chefsdagarna", a conference for leaders and decisions makers. On the second day Rasmus Hougaard, founder of Potential Project gave a very well-received presentation. During his talk, everyone had the opportunity to try a simple, five minute mindfulness practice, something that was especially appreciated.
Mindfulness is quickly becoming the new management buzz word. This was confirmed not only by the tremendous interest shown by the participating top-level leaders, but also by the fact that almost half the people we talked to had some previous personal experience with mindfulness training. It was two very inspiring days with many highly rewarding meetings.
- Mindfulness @ Work Panel
- Would you like to join The Potential Project?
- Welcome to our new trainers from Singapore, China and Malaysia
- Collaboration with leading mindfulness researchers
- Conference on Mind Training and the Bottom Line
- Prof. Denis Noble endorses The Potential Project
- Professor Mario Beauregard endorses The Potential Project
- Dr. B. Alan Wallace endorses The Potential Project
- Welcome to Nine New Trainers
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