ental Training is a normal routine for professional athletes.
In Management it is very helpful too. The challenges of top executives are similar to those of top athletes, if not higher.
A clear and cool head during hot negotiations,
being able to stay focused on one thing, even when the schedule is stressful,
remaining open to new topics perspectives and facets, despite the need for quick decisions,
rapidly regenerate and recharge during long days, many business trips and frequent time changes,
Mindfulness can help you to stay mentally strong and clear.
How can quiet and meditative exercises help a top manager?
It is a paradox – the quiet and unspectacular exercises are great for people in challenging positions. After only a few weeks of practice and application, extremely positive impact will be the effect. Not only on the surface but also embedded deeply in the structure of our brains. That has been proof by the newest tests from neuroscience. And in addition, these exercises – once you are accustomed to them – can be applied anywhere and at any time: while traveling, in every hotel room, in meetings, in difficult situations, even in the elevator or in a traffic jam.
Individual training. Individually by appointment. At least 5 units. CD’s and training manuals for the training at home in between.
In-house training for managers of a company. 5 training sessions of 2 hours each. Weekly. CD’s and training manuals for training at home in between.
Coach: Herbert Schreib, a certified trainer for mindfulness-based interventions
“Top managers are so smart that they do not need much around the basic exercises. Teach them the basic understanding of mindfulness and the basic exercises such as mindful movement, and mindful breathing and sitting. Everything else they do themselves. They know immediately what they can use it for.” Jon Kabat-Zinn, the pioneer of mindfulness-based interventions, the health sector, such as in management.
The training sessions are designed to:
- Get a basic understanding of Mindfulness. Recognize what mindfulness is, and what it is not.
- Learn mindfulness exercises such as: observing mindfully, mindful movement, mindful breathing and sitting. Easy meditation-like exercises.
- Reflections, shareing experiences, ideas and support for application in everyday routines of of managers
The nature of the training
Practice, practice, practice. The focus is on learning by doing, experience and recognizing. Purely intellectual consumption of knowledge is not the intention of the inventor.
The training can offer multiple benefits. Here you will find three essential ones:
A quiet mind: managers report about faster regeneration, staying calmer, and greater clarity. With mindfulness it is easier to let go of the continuous activity in our heads, and be open and free again for new ideas. Even after only a few moments of mindfulness, these results can be felt.
Increased ability to concentrate: with the mindfulness training, we learn to focus our mind on the present moment again and again. During the training, this is sometimes pretty tedious, but it enhances our ability to stay concentrated and focused in every day events.
Open the mind: we train mentally to always stay open for the richness of the present moment. We learn to see things more as they really are, and not as we think they are, or as we are accustomed to seeing them. That’s a big difference in our daily lives and can really open our eyes to things that we do not notice otherwise. An open mind is a very important quality to think clearly and creativly and find solutions in difficult situations.
Mindfulness – the foundation of mental strength
Mindfulness has been practiced by leaders and wise people in eastern cultures for thousands of years.
Mindfulness is a particular way of perceiving of external, as well as internal, impulses and circumstances.
Mindfulness-based trainings deepen three key elements:
Being present. Normally our mental activity is rushing very fast back and forth. We often go into the past, and in the next second, into the future. Incessantly. Beiing in the present moment is very rare. This constant activity wears us out and minimizes the ability to see things directly as they are now.
Openness to new ideas and to things as they are. Often we do not recognize things as they are, but as we believe that they are or we would like them to be. This is not a good basis for wise and good decisions. With mindfulness we train to be open and learn to explore things as they actually are.
Be accepting. This is a the delicate and challenging part. It has nothing to do with fatalism. Quite the contrary. With Mindfulness we train the ability to confront us with the realities of things, and how they are just right now. Wether we like them or dislike them. This saves a lot of power and energy. Very often we fight – sometimes unconsciously – against circumstances which can not be changed at the moment. The energy that is lost is missing to solve problems where we have influence.