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Using technologies that are supported by several scientific studies, tailored to the organizational world, and inspired by successful models that were implemented in companies like Google or Genentech, we aim a simple, practical and interactive way to restore clarity, focus and wisdom in the organizational world.

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Mindfulness for executives

  2. 2. “The quality of our attention determines the quality of our results.” ! ! Otto Scharmer Senior Lecturer - MIT Sloan School of Management Founding Chair - Presencing Institute
 Author - Theory U
  3. 3. “Mindfulness is the awareness that arises by paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.” ! Jon Kabat Zinn Founder - Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society
 - University of Massachusetts Medical School
  4. 4. Context
  5. 5. Why is it that some of the best organizations in the world Photocredits:http://www.screenshotquiz.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/winner_cup_4b2b4eba36d47.jpg
  6. 6. Image:anankkml/FreeDigitalPhotos.net dealing with an increasingly frantic world PhotoCredits:http://wallpoper.com/images/00/24/16/54/cityscapes-night_00241654.jpg
  7. 7. full of uncertainty PhotoCredits:http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ohczJzOceck/S8w-VS3___I/AAAAAAAAANQ/ZIrdVJjJPik/s1600/uncertainty.jpg
  8. 8. and each day faster PhotoCredits:http://www.spring.org.uk/images/hurry2.jpg
  9. 9. are acting in a seemingly counterintuitive way PhotoCredits:http://www.outsideincredible.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/wrongdirection.jpg
  10. 10. teaching their employees to STOP PhotoCredits:http://morguefile.com
  11. 11. and to pay attention in the present moment PhotoCredits:http://istockphoto.com
  12. 12. PhotoCredits:http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eP0MnsRpE1E/TZbz7LBq2TI/AAAAAAAAOV4/XvrRmtm8KEs/s0/Lupa.jpg on purpose
  13. 13. and non-judgmentally? PhotoCredits:http://teramchugh.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/distraction.jpg
  14. 14. Is it just a trend? PhotoCredits:http://dempseymarketing.com/journal/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Follow-the-green-fish1.jpg
  15. 15. Or is it because there are hundreds of studies showing the benefits of mindfulness PhotoCredits:http://istockphoto.com
  16. 16. personal interpersonal organizational Higher emotional intelligence Greater concentration Lower stress Heightened resilience Enhanced sense of well-being ... Improved social intelligence Better communication skills Stronger bonding Better teamwork More authentic communication ... Higher productivity
 Improved work environments Lower absenteeism Lower turnover of employees Increased customer satisfaction ... * benefits after 8-week program. Source: Chaskalson, M. (2011) The Mindful Workplace, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford. PhotoCredits:http://istockphoto.com at different levels*?
  17. 17. Some benefits of mindfulness at work:
 (click on the images or the links to watch the videos) * actual Executive Vice President, Operations and Mobility at Salesforce.com 60 Minutes
 (CBS News) “Mindfulness by Anderson Cooper” ! http://bit.ly/mindfulness60m “Hack Your Brain's Default Mode with Meditation” ! http://bit.ly/mindfulnessdh Dan Harris
 (ABC News) “Search Inside Yourself @RSA” ! http://bit.ly/mindfulnesswM Chade Meng Tan 
 (Fellow @Google)
  18. 18. Our approach
  19. 19. Using technologies that are supported by several scientific areas, PhotoCredits:http://scienceline.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2271384911_c396c05aa9.jpg
  20. 20. tailored to the organizational world, PhotoCredits:http://www.kvbusiness.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/corporate_law.jpg
  21. 21. PhotoCredits:http://www.siyli.org/ inspired by several sources Web Seminar series 2012
  22. 22. and tested and validated by several hundred people who have done ZBHD, one of the mindfulness protocols we use PhotoCredits:http://www.siyli.org/ Your Life, High Definition
  23. 23. or by Search Inside Yourself, the worldwide popular mindfulness protocol created and developed at Google,
  24. 24. we aim a simple, practical and interactive way PhotoCredits:http://123rf.com
  25. 25. to increase performance, wisdom and wellbeing in the organizational world. PhotoCredits:http://123rf.com
  26. 26. Types of interventions
  27. 27. Public 
 Speaking Workshops Flourishing Programs PhotoCredits:http://123rf.com
  28. 28. Description Type of interventions Format Duration Participants Mindfulness protocol Having inspiration as the key word, we aim to create in a short amount of time the biggest impact possible. To demystify mindfulness and to put people’s eyes shining are our main goals in this type of intervention. Keynote about mindfulness Classroom 30 to 90 minutes 20 to 600 n/a This is an introductory event to mindfulness, with space to frame the topic and also to experiment some practices. After the workshop people get access to ZBHD, an 8-week online mindfulness program. Introductory mindfulness
 workshop Classroom
 online ±3h
 8 weeks 6 to 24 
 ZBHD A mindfulness “deep dive” in a very intensive workshop where the participants go through the ZBHD program in 2 full days. It is followed by the online version of the ZBHD (8 weeks) and an half-day workshop in the end to wrap-up and integrate the whole process. Advanced mindfulness workshop Classroom
 classroom 2 days
 8 weeks
 1/2 day 8 to 16 
 ZBHD A full 8-weeks mindfulness program (9 classroom sessions) where a group gathers every week in ±2h sessions. It allows a solid “cultivation” of mindfulness in each participant. Based on the ZBHD protocol it works as a “gym” that allows each participant to cultivate his/her mind and to flourish all the “fruits” related with these practices. Mindfulness flourishing program Classroom
 online ±2h x 9 weeks (classroom)
 with online support 8 to 16 
 ZBHD Search Inside Yourself is an Emotional Intelligence program based in mindfulness and neuroscience, that was created and developed at Google. It consists of a 2 days full intense experience, followed by four weeks online and it is designed to increase performance, resilience, well-being ... and world peace. Mindfulness based emotional intelligence program Classroom
 online 2 days (classroom) 
 4 weeks (online) 25 to 50 Types of mindfulness interventions that we have available
  29. 29. ZBHD is the mindfulness program that serves as a base to most of our interventions
 (8 weeks online) ZBHD is an online mindfulness program that was already done by more than 1.000 people all over the world and that meanwhile gave rise to the portuguese book “Aqui e Agora: Mindfulness” (Matéria-Prima Edições, 2015), the first book about mindfulness written by a portuguese author. 
 It is structured to take place over a "journey" of 8 full weeks, where each week the participants have access to different online content (videos, guided audio meditations, supporting documents, several inspirations, etc.), so that they can cultivate mindfulness in their lives and thus obtain the true fruits of the practice.
 At the beginning and at the end of the program are conducted several measurements (e.g. mental well-being, perceived stress, mindfulness, etc.) so that each person can understand their evolution over the 8 weeks.
 In terms of contents the program is structured around different objects of awareness:
 - breathing and attention training (Session 1 - S1) - body and body sensations (S2 and S3) - emotions and emotional balance (S4 and S5)
 - thoughts and mental contents (S6) - open-awareness (S7) - prosocial mental habits - compassion and loving kindness (S8) More info about ZBHD:
 http://bit.ly/infographiczbhd_en02 More info about the book (portuguese):
  30. 30. Contents and structure of a keynote 
 (30 to 90 minutes) Keynotes are moments where we aim to have the bigger impact possible in the shortest amount of time, wanting to have inspiration as the main goal. ! What is mindfulness? For what reason and how it is being applied in some of the world’s best organizations, from corporations, to hospitals, schools, universities and even the military? What are the main benefits for employees, teams and organizations of these types of practices? Which studies from areas like neuroscience exist to support mindfulness practices? How to use our brain’s neuroplasticity to cultivate a more resilient, calm and focused mind? How to use mindfulness in our daily work to develop greater emotional intelligence, more productivity, higher wellbeing and motivation, specially in the employees with leadership roles? What are some simple and practical exercises that each people can integrate in their daily lives?
 These are just some of the questions that we aim to answer in a clear, inspiring and interactive way, looking that in the end everyone feel inspired and has their eyes shining.
  31. 31. Part 1 Inclusion & 
 “setting the field” Inclusion exercises to create a fertile field for learning ! “Navigation rules” ! Intentions, goals and agenda Mindfulness - 
 the big picture Experiential Approach Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Follow up and application The mindful (r)evolution - where mindfulness is being applied ! What is mindfulness ! Neuroscience and the mind ! Mindfulness, leadership and emotional intelligence Realization of practical activities so that participants can “taste” and practice different mindfulness exercises, share their experiences among peers and have the opportunity to clarify questions that may arise. Sending of supporting documentation to the practice (e.g. audio guided meditations, access to ZBHD, several inspirations, etc.) ! Online support to all participants in the weeks following the workshop. Contents and structure of an introductory workshop 
 (±3h classroom + 8 weeks online)
  32. 32. This is an opportunity to experience the ZBHD program in intensive format ("deep dive") where participants go through the entire program in two days. It's an intense experience and aims to lay the foundations so that participants after this can do by themselves the online program over 8 full weeks autonomously. ! At the end of eight weeks online, where each person manages the pace of learning, there is an onsite session of ± 3 h, in order to share experiences and to close the process. In this last session we seek to create a fertile ground for the design of an individual action plan so that everyone can continue to practice autonomously after the end, integrating mindfulness in their lives. Contents and structure of an advanced workshop
 (2 days in classroom + 8 weeks online + 3h closing session in classroom) The contents of each week of the program ZBHD are covered in mini modules (8 in total) each containing: - an initial inspiration (video); - dialogue in pairs about the inspiration; - theoretical framework; - formal and informal practices; - journaling exercises;
 - dialogue in pairs using different types of listening;
 - Group dialogue, using different methodologies.
  33. 33. The program is structured to take place over 8 full weeks (9 weekly sessions) and has a component to be held in person every week, followed by daily challenges between each session. ! Each session is devoted to a theme and beyond the information shared in the classroom and that can be also found in the manual that is distributed, people also receive an email with the ZBHD program contents:
 - a video with the theoretical framework (in case they want to review what was approached in the session);
 - an audio mp3 file with a guided meditation;
 - a suggestion for an informal mindfulness practice for that week; - a document with frequently asked questions;
 - a document with inspirations (one from the “East”, other from the “West”);
 - a short inspiring video (e.g. TED talk).
 Each weekly session lasts between 1h30 to 2 hours and includes space for: Theoretical framework Practical
 Exercises Dialogue moments (pairs/whole group) Questions and answers Contents and structure of a flourishing program
 (9 weeks with ±2h weekly classroom sessions and online support)
  34. 34. Search Inside Yourself is an intense and highly interactive program, created and developed at Google to develop the emotional intelligence of its employees. It is composed by two intense days based on Daniel Goleman's model of Emotional Intelligence designed to optimize the mind for high performance, leadership and sustainable well-being, followed by four weeks of online support designed to sustain and integrate the practices. Optimal for large groups, it provides a unique interactive experience (with yourself and with others) that helps to strengthen the bonds among people, developing a thriving and collaborative culture. Contents and structure of a Search Inside Yourself program
 (2 days in classroom + 4 weeks of online follow-up) Created by the thought- leaders in mindfulness, emotional intelligence 
 and neuroscience. Emphasizes integration 
 and sustainability of 
 exercises with daily work 
 and daily life. Makes deep and 
 complex concepts 
 highly practical and accessible. See full presentation in: http://bit.ly/siy_vg
  35. 35. About the facilitator
  36. 36. Vasco believes that a "new world" is possible in organizations. A world where wise and compassionate leaders are really able to "lead from the future as it emerges" as well as to inspire people to flourish into their highest potential, igniting a real evolution in teams and organizations. With a toolbox filled with "cutting-edge" awareness-based technologies (e.g. Search Inside Yourself, ZBHD, Integral Model, Presencing/Theory U, Element-B) his dream is to co-create this future, something that he has been doing in the last 12 years at different organizations as a facilitator and with the general public around the globe as a social entrepreneur (ZorBuddha project). During one year (2014) he was trained by SIYLI (Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute) with some of the world greatest specialists in the fields of Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence and Neuroscience, like Daniel J. Siegel, Chade-Meng Tan, Marc Lesser, Rick Hanson, Pamela Weiss, Mark Coleman, Shauna Shapiro, Norman Fischer, among others, to become one of the first persons in the world certified to facilitate Search Inside Yourself, a Leadership and Emotional Intelligence Program, based on Mindfulness and Neuroscience, that was developed and tested at GOOGLE to increase organizational performance and wellbeing, as well as to enhance the conditions for world peace, by inspiring leaders worldwide to become more wise and compassionate. After the certification he was invited to become one of the mentors for the 2015 teacher training world class. In 2015 he was accepted as part of the ACEL (Academy for Contemplative and Ethical Leadership), a project from the Mind and Life Institute that aims to accelerate the development of a new generation of leadership capable of collective innovation and creativity. He is the author of the book "Aqui e Agora: mindfulness", launched in Portugal in September 2015.
  37. 37. Nuclear training related to mindfulness: . SIY Certified Teacher | Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute - siyli.org . ACEL - Academy for Contemplative and Ethical Leadership | Mind & Life Institute . Exploring Authenticity and Presence with Mindfulness - Arawana Hayashi (Presencing Institute) | emana.net . Inspiring Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence (certification) | Case Western Reserve University . Mindfulness in the Workplace (course) | A Head For Work . Body and Mind are One - An Online Training Course in Mindfulness (course) | Thich Nhat Hanh . The Enlightened Brain - The Neuroscience of Awakening (course) | Dr. Rick Hanson . Practicing Mindsight (course) | Dr. Daniel J. Siegel (Mindsight Institute) . Introduction to Mindfulness (course) | Budadharma . Daily meditation practice for several years and retreats in different contemplative traditions and theoretical investigation of the topic since 1997 (main references: J. Kabat-Zinn, E. Tolle, Thich Nhat Hanh, Daniel Siegel) Complementar training related to mindfulness: . Psychology - Work and Organizations (superior degree) | Universidade de Coimbra . Psychosomatics Medicine (advanced training) | Universidade Católica . Wellness Coaching (certification) | Spencer Institute (NESTA) . Element-B Trainer (certification) | The Human Element . The Integral Approach, Course 1 (certification) | Core Integral
  38. 38. C. Otto Scharmer
 Author of “Theory U”
 MIT Senior Lecturer Norman Fischer
 Roshi, Everyday Zen Foundation Rich Fernandez
 Co-Founder at Wisdom Labs Daniel J. Siegel
 Psychiatrist, Author Investigator at UCLA Mirabai Bush
 Author and mindfulness specialist Arthur Zajonc
 Former president - Mind & Life Institute Daniel Goleman
 Author of “Emotional Intelligence” Marc Lesser e Meg L.
 Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute Mario Galarreta
 Neurologist and film director, Google Chade-Meng Tan
 Author of “Search Inside Yourselfl” Pamela Weiss
 CWO, Appropriate Response Shauna Shapiro
 Psychologist and investigator at SCU Philippe Goldin
 Neuroscientist, Stanford, UC Davis Rick Hanson
 Author of “Buddha’s Brain” Arawana Hayashi
 Social Presencing Theater facilitator Some of his teachers include: Mark Coleman
 Founder - The Mindfulness Institute Thich Nhat Hanh
 Author, pacifist and Zen master Richard Boyatzis
 Author of “Resonant Leadership”
  39. 39. Some of his clients include
  40. 40. Media references (click on the images to watch the contents) - note: in portuguese
  41. 41. Let us plant this seed? http://vascogaspar.com | vg@vascogaspar.com | +351 965 543 450 PhotoCredits:www.123rf.com/
  42. 42. Appendix
 Case study with the ZBHD protocol The following information was gathered during 21 editions of ZBHD, an 8-week mindfulness program, 
 including 8 classroom editions with 107 participants (top executives) from different multinational organizations
  43. 43. Flourishing / Happiness (FS) Mindfulness Awareness (MAAS) Mental Well-Being (SWEMWBS) Social Trust (STQ) Stress (PSS10/DASS21) 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% 32% 75% 80% 74% 87% 47% 62% 67% 60% 78% Before the program After the program Average of the individual results before and after the program (p<0.0001)
  44. 44. All results present show a degree of statistical significance of 99% (p<0.0001)* in all the scales applied. Average individual evolution during the program (evolution=final results-initial results) *statistical measure used: t student for paired samples
  45. 45. 91%
 recommend it
 to a friend Average satisfaction and recommendation index (NPS) Theoretical contents Practical tips Meditations Informal practices Inspirations Program’s length Program’s structure Program Overal 1 2 3 4 5 4,8 4,8 4,4 4,6 4,6 4,7 4,8 4,8 Scale: 
 1-Very dissatisfied; 2-Dissatisfied; 3-Indifferent; 4-Satisfied; 5-Very satisfied *note: the majority of people that reported less satisfaction in this item also referred that they would enjoy that the program was longer *
  46. 46. For more information about the results of the program please check our infographic by following this link: http://bit.ly/infographiczbhd_en03