Personal Agility Workshops

Mindfulness Workshops for Decision-Making

Research tells us diversity in decision-making teams can lead to the best outcome, but diversity can also be a hurdle to overcome when there is little agreement and limited time. Efficiency in decision-making may not allow time-consuming personal reflection and extensive interaction. Yet there are multiple ways to develop the clarity, fresh perspective, and creativity that come with the application of mindful awareness to decision-making.

This half-day workshop is designed to highlight our natural abilities to briefly suspend judgments and engage the creative potential of multiple perspectives. The processes and techniques introduced are supported by peer-reviewed research and designed to develop mindful awareness in action.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Introduce mindful awareness – “ it’s not what you think”
  • Identify unrecognized biases and habits that prevent clarity in our thinking and in our teamwork, such as sunk cost bias
  • Introduce multiple techniques to strengthen mindful awareness daily –without lengthy meditation sessions
  • Apply mindfulness to our thinking, listening, inquiry, and decision-making skills

Expected Outcomes:

  • Increased awareness of personal biases and habits that prevent clarity
  • Improved decision-making
  • Improved communication skills
Generative Conversations: Interacting with Mindfulness

When we interact in time-constrained meetings we may find ourselves caught in quick judgments and missing what is actually being said. When we speak, we may not feel like we were heard. When we ask questions we trigger unintended arguments. Even if we have some experience with communication skills training, we may wonder how many hours of practice it takes to make us more effective in our interactions.

Participants will:

  • Reduce stress levels
  • Develop new insights into the basis for habitual thinking
  • Discover the potential for creative dialogue — what allows new approaches to emerge from committed teams

Rather than fighting to change others or ourselves, we will see that our patterns may be skillful or not, depending on how clearly we see the situation. Rather than always struggling for quick, imposed agreement, we may see that establishing the groundwork for constructive dialogue leads to innovative action.

Leadership Tools for Motivating Innovation

Beginning with a simple game approach to explaining what we see as plain facts, participants become aware of conditions and events in different ways. The “data” present do not change, how we organize the data does. Each way we focus creates different meaning for conditions and events. Using our natural interest in how perception and creativity work, mindfulness and awareness exercises are is then introduced to focus attention openly on the present. Mindfulness in dialogue is then carried to the whole group contributing their experiences and insights. Participants discover multiple perspectives and innovative approaches as new meaning emerges from the group.

Participants will learn:

  • A simple method that reduces stress and trains the mind to focus openly on the present
  • Active listening skills not fixated on habitual mindsets
  • Active inquiry engaging multiple perspectives and discovering new meaning
  • Innovative solutions derived from multiple perspectives

Participants will learn how to model skills that enable their team to see situations in different ways, engage multiple perspectives, and create novel solutions to complex problems through collaboration. The skills introduced are fundamental and simple to understand in principle. However, they require applying mindfulness to recognize and suspend habitual mindsets, or mindless behavior stuck in old patterns. These skills, applied in practice, also enable team members to feel they have been heard, that their ideas can provoke mutual exploration, and that the best solutions are usually found through a creative dialogue. These outcomes are the core motivation for professionals who want to make a difference.

PRESENTATION FORMATS All modules can be presented in a one or two-day format. The one-day format enables participants to practice the skills taught in interactive exercises. The two day format permits participants to bring current workplace tasks and challenges and apply the skills more specifically.

CLIENTS Our clients include Credit Suisse, Citibank International, Prudential, Young Presidents Organization (YPO) of Canada, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents, ALIA Institute and Dalhousie University.