WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11
The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results
How can we create more human leadership and people-centered cultures where employees and leaders are more fulfilled and wholeheartedly engaged?
Rasmus shares findings from assessments of more than 35,000 leaders and interviews with 250 C-level executives. His team concluded that organizations and leaders aren’t meeting employees’ basic human needs of finding meaning, purpose, connection, and genuine happiness in their work. The solution is to put people at the center of their strategy, and to develop managers and executives who lead with three core mental qualities: mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion.
Why The Future Needs Mindfulness Now: Moving Beyond Reducing Stress to Transforming Tomorrow
In this culture, mindfulness is often associated with a method of stress-reduction. But it’s also a powerful tool for leadership. Jeremy outlines a proven approach to mindfulness-in-action that transforms both the well-being of leaders, and the quality of their results.
Waking Up from Busyness: How to Get More Clarity on How You Want to Lead
Leaders are under ongoing pressure to deliver both short-term results and long-term organizational success. Kathrin shares stories and practices that highlight the importance of waking up from the busyness narrative that's prevalent in our culture. She invites us to get more clarity about who we are as leaders, what we want to create in the world, and how we want to lead our organizations.
Compassion and the Customer Experience
Scott leads Customer Operations at LinkedIn, and is also the executive sponsor of LinkedIn’s growing mindfulness program. He explores how organizations are expanding mindfulness beyond meditation sessions, and integrating it into the regular routine and fabric of the business.
The Imperatives and Path to Becoming a Next Level Leader in the Digital Age
Participants break into small groups for this highly interactive session.
Unique factors inherent in the Digital Age are causing major shifts in the expectations and demands of leaders. Sky guides participants through a discussion of how mindfulness principles can help leaders meet these pressing challenges.
The Mindful Leadership Circle: A Practice Conversation among Mindful Leaders
Julie Maurhoff - Director, Compliance, Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical
Amy McLaren - Director, GxP Compliance and Inspection Management, Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical
Collyn Iblings - Assistant Vice President, Mairs & Power investment firm
Moderated by: Dawa Tarchin Phillips - Executive Director and Co-Founder, International Mindfulness Teachers Association
Learn how four senior women leaders are reclaiming their health, purpose, passion and power through mindfulness practice. Dawa leads a stimulating conversation as Rebecca, Julie, Amy, and Collyn open up about their personal paths to becoming mindful leaders.
Mindfulness and Your Organization: The Opportunity is Richer than You Realize
Phillip goes beyond the fundamental tenets of being present and compassionate, and shares an expansive collection of mindfulness-based techniques that you can use to bring productivity, harmony, and effective communication into your organization.
Mindful Networks: Connecting Cisco’s Unique Mindfulness Initiatives and Activities Around the Globe
Alexis Pokorny - Former Sales Leader, Cisco
How is a complex organization like Cisco creating mindfulness opportunities for their global employees? Learn how Cisco is engaging its workforce around the world, and get inspired with examples from its mindfulness initiatives.
Consuming Passions: How Mindfulness Can Transform Social Enterprise
Haruo Miyagi - CEO and Founder, ETIC (Entrepreneurial Training for Innovative Communities)
Do you work in a high-passion, high-commitment situation for the social good? How do you ensure your well-being while being innovative and sustainable in the long-term commitment to your mission? Find out how mindfulness and other self-management practices were introduced to a group of high-performing Japanese social innovators, and learn about the often dramatic results they experienced.
Embracing Who We Are: From Self-Judgment to Self-Compassion
When we feel like we're not living up to our expectations of what it means to be a good leader, we may feel we are not being authentic. We know we’re capable of doing better and so our tendency is to then jump to self-criticism. But being our best requires that we accept who we are at all times, and that we train the mind to respond with something other than judgment. Mindful leadership creates space for courage and self-compassion to arise, permitting us to embrace our humanity in all moments, and allowing us to grow as leaders.
Optimization Through Attention: Implementing Mindfulness Practice in Large Organizations
The Search Inside Yourself program, developed at Google, has been implemented in Fortune 500 companies and governmental and non-governmental organizations around the world. Peter shares practices that have supported leaders in optimizing interactions with their teams and colleagues, and discusses organization-level implementation of these practices.
Amplifying Compassion: Inspiring Open Hearts and Urgent Change
Michael Carroll - Author, The Mindful Leader, Awake at Work, and Fearless at Work
(RED) is widely recognized as a leading innovator for inspiring socially conscious, urgent change. It has raised over $500 million to help cure AIDS. Deborah and Michael discuss how innovative marketing campaigns and traditional contemplative disciplines can combine to inspire leaders, communities, and consumers to lend a hand to a world in need of help.
Cultivating the Mind of a Warrior: An Exploration in the Power of Vulnerability
Regina Smith - Director of the Office for Inclusive Community, Naropa University
Naropa University engages students in an age-old contemplative technology called The Warrior’s Exam, an oral examination that trains them to bridge their intellect with the vulnerability that lives in a direct experience of the present moment. The result is a counterintuitive response to the unknown: relaxation, creativity, and a primordial confidence that one can work with whatever arises.
In this session, Chuck and Regina demonstrate this technique, and guide participants toward uncovering their own spontaneous insight.
Reflections on the Day
Jeremy leads attendees in a session of questions, observations, and next steps.
Innovation and Bedlam: A Way of Being Calm and Effective in a World Where Nothing Seems Predictable
The world is increasingly chaotic and unpredictable, yet requires us to have strategic vision, constant innovation, and interpersonal cohesion in order to be both effective and happy. Bill brings together neuroscience, complexity theory, mindfulness, and the forefront of executive development. He discusses the basics of managing complexity, and how you can harness mindfulness skills to cultivate balance in the face of constant change.
OPTIONAL DAY 2
THURSDAY, APRIL 12
Choose an Optional Leadership Training Intensive
The Mind of the Leader: Learn to be a More Mindful and Compassionate Leader
Rasmus Hougaard - Managing Director and Founder, Potential Project; Co-Author, The Mind of the Leader
Through two years of research, Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter have identified two of the most important traits of some of today’s greatest leaders at companies like McKinsey, Microsoft, Lego and Google: mindfulness and compassion. In this workshop they will teach you the science and practices of developing mindfulness and compassion and how to apply them in your leadership.
They draw on their own personal experiences training leaders around the world for the Potential Project, as well as research conducted for their book, The Mind of the Leader, being published in March 2018 by Harvard Business Review Press.
Finding the Space to Lead
Each of us has the potential to lead with excellence. But it’s hard to reach our potential for excellence when demands for our attention can feel overwhelming, and the frenetic pace of work causes us to function on autopilot much of the time. We lose our ability to respond with clarity, creativity and compassion.
This daylong intensive offers you the opportunity to explore and learn how to cultivate the innate abilities of your mind, and approach everyday situations with greater focus and ease. Founded on over a decade of work and research by Janice Marturano and the Institute for Mindful Leadership, this training has been successfully used by leaders and organizations worldwide. It is based in part on Janice's award winning book, Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership.
Leadership in the Face of Chaos and Possibly B.S.: Come for the Resilience, Stay for the Connection
Chuck Lief - President, Naropa University
Develop practical skills and tools to engage with leadership in a world that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Perhaps surprisingly, meeting the challenges of leadership allows us to develop skills to connect more deeply with ourselves and others.
Learn more about how mindfulness helps you develop resilience, and how connecting deeply with yourself and others is the foundation for leading with authenticity.