Compassionate leadership is caring about how the team is operating as a whole, identifying factors within people that may be contributing to poor productivity or a negative working environment. Compassion is caring about what you do in your job and how your role and behaviour affects the rest of the team. Compassion facilitates team cohesion and improves the quality of the working environment. You will also feel healthier and happier in yourself when acting from an unbreakable yet robust place that is compassion.
If your business is Hospitality, compassionate mindfulness will train your staff to deliver an authentic, personable service that is second to none. Compassionate mindfulness teaches staff how to develop their empathy and intuition, how to recognise and read body language, predict the behaviour and needs of others and respond to your customers with greater authenticity. This leads to a greater sense of connection with, and understanding of your customers. With compassionate mindfulness you are able to recognise the needs of customers before even they have, delivering the highest quality of service to them.
Overall the benefits of mindfulness in the workplace include greater productivity, team harmony, attention to detail, people management skills and leadership.
The term Mindfulness originates from the Pali word ‘sati’ meaning, to remember. Mindfulness appears across cultures as an ancient art of maintaining presence within the body and training your point of attention. Mindfulness is the process of remembering yourself completely. It is an act of taking a step back, seeing how things are, without getting caught up in that ‘boxing ring’ of reactivity.
It is important to utilise a good trainer with experience and understanding of both mindfulness and meditation as there are different uses and training of Mindfulness for different functions.
Sitting meditation which uses mindfulness as part of its practice, is typically used to de-stress, clear-out the mind, or manage difficult experiences. Here the focus is on non-judgmental acceptance of whatever emotions or thoughts arise during the sitting. The outcome is that reactivity has les grip on the person than before, and instead the person is more able to observe and keep calm with challenging experiences. An important aspect of this type of mindfulness is compassion. As such meditation is most beneficially practiced as part of an established group or with a spiritual counterpart that can provides a supportive context.
Mindfulness in the workplace however is a different type of training to intensive meditation. Mindfulness in the workplace is the art of training the mind to focus your attention on a given task at hand and complete it to greater perfection by being 'present' with it. Mindfulness also helps the person to de-stress by increasing their awareness of any negative emotions and letting them dissolve naturally. Mindfulness prevents the subconscious build up negative emotions or psychological stress throughout the day but allowing these instead to release periodically. Mindfulness is also the art of learning that as far as the emotional-psychological world is concerned, you are not responsible for fixing anything. On this basis, the awareness of the stress is at the same time the exit point for it.
In modern life we spend a vast amount of time 'in our heads', planning, interpreting, predicting, strategically thinking the list goes on... Mindfulness restores balance within our bodymind as a whole system so that information flows more smoothly. You can think clearly, de-stress quickly, develop your intuition and make better decisions.
In stressful environments or professional roles, we need to take care of our mental health. Compassionate Mindfulness techniques train the mindbody to create space around any situation or experience, so that staff members and leaders are able to develop personally and professionally.
Mindfulness develops empathy and beyond this we can cultivate compassion. Compassion is a state of being within the person born from an empathic understanding of themselves and other people. Compassionate training does not aim to treat people any differently, you can issue the same verbal warning but when doing so with compassion you will always promote greater team harmony and personal rapport
& many global tech companies utilize mindfulness training