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Pausing On Purpose - The Art of Mindful Leadership

Pausing On Purpose - The Art of Mindful Leadership
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 09:30 to 16:30
CO3 Offices (34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB)

In turbulent times with multiple and competing demands, a mindful organisational culture supports clear strategy, compassionate presence, effective performance and creative problem solving.

Increasingly, effective leadership is associated with facilitating dialogue, listening, collaborating and learning. However, the day to day life of a leader is often reduced to back-to-back meetings, fire fighting, dealing with constantly changing conditions and meeting the unrelenting demands of many stakeholders. Unsurprisingly leaders often say that they feel overworked and overwhelmed.

Mindfulness has an important role to play in developing resilient and sustainable leadership. Just as an athlete engages in specific training to ‘train the body’ the leader can engage in Mindfulness to ‘train the mind’. In practicing mindfulness we learn to cultivate our ability to focus on what matters most, to embody compassion, to be flexible and innovative and to see beyond the limits and obstacles that might stop us.

Pausing on Purpose is a one-day introductory workshop suitable for anyone wanting to explore how to lead more calmly and effectively.

Grounded in a Mindfulness Based Approach, the aim of the workshop is to empower leaders and to strengthen the four pillars of effective leadership: focus, clarity, creativity and compassion.

During the workshop participants will explore mindfulness as a way of cultivating consistently effective leadership. They will be guided through a series of mindful practices and introduced to the main principles and practices of Mindful Leadership including: leading with presence, managing workplace stress, mindful communication and meetings, wise decision-making and purposeful action. 

The training offered is based on the world-renowned Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme designed by Jon Kabat Zinn. It is grounded in neuroscience and the experiences of top business leaders worldwide.  

The workshop will support leaders to:

  • Practice mindfulness to cultivate mental and physical resilience.
  • Engage their inner wisdom, insights and intuition as the foundation of their leadership.
  • Become more comfortable with impermanence and uncertainty and deal with change calmly and skillfully.
  • Refuse to be limited or defined by the prevailing conditions or circumstances.
  • Allow space for creative solutions to arise.  
  • Connect deeply with others.
  • Recognise the limiting stories and unproductive patterns, both within themselves and in workplace interactions and learn how to create more empowering habits and respond to challenges more effectively.

The workshop leader is Maria Garvey, former CEO of L’Arche Ireland and Northern Ireland, experienced organizational consultant, group facilitator, leadership coach and certified mindfulness teacher. In a career spanning over 30 years in education, community, health and social care Maria’s life and leadership has been enriched and sustained by a regular mindfulness practice. Out of her commitment to passing this on to others she now leads 8-Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction intensive programmes in Belfast and Omagh and over the past few years she has brought mindfulness retreats and workshops to organizational leaders and employees in community, voluntary, statutory and church sectors in Northern Ireland and beyond. For further information go to: www.kridyom.uk


Date:    Friday 20 January 2017
Time:   9.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: CO3 Offices (34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB)
Cost:   £69 for CO3 members, £89 for non members

To register your place please email sarah@co3.bz or Tel: 028 90 245 356.