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BA and Beyond 19 - Kathy Berkidge - Applying mindfulness to collaborate and innovate

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In today’s organisations, more and more importance is placed on the need for teams to collaborate to deliver innovative solutions and successful business outcomes. Teams that work effectively together are the key to providing real value to project stakeholders and end customers alike. Close collaboration is required to ensure everyone understands what provides value, as well as recognise what is needed from everyone to achieve the goal. But collaboration is much more than just communication and coordination. And innovation requires new and creative ways of thinking, which is not easy to do.

Mindfulness allows teams to work together with greater cooperation to truly collaborate, overcome difficulties, share ideas, and challenge each other without falling into chaos and conflict. Through mindfulness, teams communicate more effectively, think more clearly and increase creativity that drive innovation. This session will discuss why mindfulness is the essential ingredient for collaboration and how it enables creative thinking.

Learn:

- Why mindfulness is so important for creativity and innovation.
- How mindfulness enhances collaboration.
- How to apply mindfulness practices in your day-to-day work.

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BA and Beyond 19 - Kathy Berkidge - Applying mindfulness to collaborate and innovate

  1. 1. Page 1 Mind at Work Consulting / BA and Beyond Kathy G. Berkidge Applying Mindfulness to Collaborate and Innovate Mindfulness • Quality or state of being aware - without judgement or perception • Deliberately paying attention to what is happening • Being open and present to what ‘is’ – nothing else 1 2
  2. 2. Page 2 Mind at Work Consulting / BA and Beyond Kathy G. Berkidge Applying Mindfulness to Collaborate and Innovate How? • Informal practice: – Just breathe – Clear your mind – Recall and focus • Formal practice: – meditation Let’s try it! • Sit comfortably • Rest hands on lap • Close eyes • Clear your mind • Focus on your breath • Don’t follow thoughts • If distracted or your mind wonders – gently come back to the breath 3 4
  3. 3. Page 3 Mind at Work Consulting / BA and Beyond Kathy G. Berkidge Applying Mindfulness to Collaborate and Innovate Benefits • Beyond peace and stress relief • Clarity, calm and awareness • Creativity and innovation • Focus and concentration • Better communication and collaboration • Other health benefits including lower blood pressure and increased immune response Collaboration • To work together for a shared and common goal • One team, one goal • We’re all in this boat together : we all make it, or we all sink. 5 6
  4. 4. Page 4 Mind at Work Consulting / BA and Beyond Kathy G. Berkidge Applying Mindfulness to Collaborate and Innovate Mindful Communication • Clear your mind • Focus and concentrate • Be aware of yourself • Be aware of the other person • Understand communication styles Be Present Dead weight • How much junk are you carrying around? • Memories, perceptions, perspectives, projections, opinions, bias, habits • Old ways may not be valid or useful now 7 8
  5. 5. Page 5 Mind at Work Consulting / BA and Beyond Kathy G. Berkidge Applying Mindfulness to Collaborate and Innovate Innovation • Vertical and lateral thinking • Break old ways of thinking • Let go & see things differently • Open to the new • Allow space for learning Everyday Mindfulness Calls and meetings Waiting Speaking Emails Listening Anywhere & anytime Come back to the present Just take 3 breaths and clear your mind 9 10
  6. 6. Page 6 Mind at Work Consulting / BA and Beyond Kathy G. Berkidge Applying Mindfulness to Collaborate and Innovate kathy@mindatworkconsulting.com.au @KathyBerkidge 11

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