Mindful Leadership

Why training is needed

Modern businesses are increasingly finding that it is necessary to work smarter, and to better utilise the resources they have. Effective staff are perhaps the most important resource any business has, and include people who are dedicated, values-based, flexible, and actively on task when working. However, changing circumstances, increasing pressures to perform, and the vagaries of life mean that very few people can maintain optimal performance consistently. Building a resilient, sustainable staff is a necessity in the modern business environment in order to maintain consistently high performance.

To achieve this the right type of training is needed. Training programmes based on modern advances in psychology have been found to not only improve mental health, and personal relationships, but to significantly reduce absenteeism, and staff turnover. ACT (Acceptance and Commitment therapy) interventions have also been found to increases on the job productivity, and creativity.

What we offer

All the programmes we offer are mindfulness-based. The interventions used can assist general awareness, attention and concentration, but more importantly help build resilience and creativity in staff. The aim of our programmes is to develop simple skills, which with minimal training will be usable in the normal working environment. Sills which will not only improve basic attendance to the task at hand, but which will foster effective performance with rescued stress, and less emotional reactivity. These programmes particularly the ACT, CEB (Cultivation Emotional Balance), and Effective leadership programmes, are also designed to increase the effective emotional intelligence. That is greater recognition of our own emotionally driven behaviour, and the development of effective methods of recognising, and dealing with emotion in others.

The programmes offered by Dr Hegarty combines what he has found to be best evidence based practices from modern psychology. They are Effective, evidence based interventions are provided by a master clinician and trainer.

While every workshop, or training series is tailored to a certain degree to the participants needs Dr Hegarty's training and experience allows him to offer workshops and training packages from various base core designs. If you are interested it is best to contact him and discuss what might be best for you, or your organisation.

Four core programmes are offered.

ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

This programme is based on the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for increasing productivity, and creativity. It has been found to decrease absenteeism, and usage of sick leave, and to improve mental health. Studies to date have found good outcomes among merchant bankers, nurses, stock brokers, call centre employees, and people working in an advertising agency.

Length:A short three to four session group-based workshop is available. (2 hour sessions for two to three weeks with a follow up sessions at three months– 6 to 8 hours total)

Longer one or two day ACT based workshops are also offered.

MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)

MBSR is the original and best known application of mindfulness training in modern contexts. Research on it's effectiveness has spanned some thirty years. Developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, MBSR has been demonstrated as effective in helping those with a range of chronic illnesses, and in dealing with stress due to a variety of causes. Since the late 1970s, this programme has been applied and studied in a variety of settings. As a result of the success of MBSR mindfulness practices have become part of standard psychological therapy, and mindfulness techniques are now widely used in the corporate world. For example, mindfulness training has been strongly endorsed by leading companies such as Apple, and Google.

Length: The classic MBSR course runs for eight weeks (2.5 hours per week) and includes one day long workshop. Some evidence exists that shorter, four week courses can also be beneficial.

CEB (Cultivating Emotional Balance)

The Cultivating Emotional Balance programme was developed at the suggestion of the Dali Lama. It was originally designed by Alan Wallace PhD, an experienced meditation teacher, and Paul Ekman PhD, one of world’s leading experts in the study of emotions. The CEB programme involves training in traditional mindfulness meditation practices, and in psychological skills for identifying and working with emotions.

Length: This is an eight week group programme, and like MBSR includes one day long workshop. One key points of difference between CEB this and the MBSR programmes is that much more specific emphasis is placed on the identification and experience of emotions.

Length: This full programme generally involves 2 to 2.5 hour sessions weekly for eight weeks, and a day long session. Some condensing of the time frame may be possible.

Effective Leadership

The Effective Leadership programme is an integration of the most effective components of the various mindfulness- based interventions available, and the relevant findings of modern psychology. With effective leadership as the guiding principle, the programme involves an emphasis on developing mindfulness- based skills within the context of the identification of values, and committed action in line with these values. This programme also has a strong emphasis on the recognition of emotions, our own and others, how this impacts on our decision making and communication. How to work with this knowledge as effective leaders is a key component of this programme. Perhaps even more so than in the other programmes offered there is a distinct emphasis is placed on practice outside the actual training sessions. Effective Leadership programmes are designed with the needs of the individuals or the organisation in mind.

Length: Effective Leadership programmes are designed with the needs of the individuals or the organisation in mind. Variations of this programme can be offered as a one or two day workshop, or as a four or eight week course. There is also the option for mentoring and support post training for those who have completed the four or eight week course.