Why mindfulness should be a part of any positive organisational culture

by Neil Hope

Ancient mindfulness practices continue to help individuals in their personal lives, but organisations have been relatively slow to recognise the benefits of embedding these practices in their daily lives. It’s true that some organisations offer rooms and soft furnishings to encourage meditation and reflection. But this is more about helping people to cope with the stresses and strains they are experiencing, rather than actually giving them the tools to change the culture they are working within and improve it for the better. Mindfulness doesn’t just have the power to transform individuals; it also has the power to change groups, leadership styles and cultures, to influence strategy, but we’ve been a little slow to recognise this in organisations.

The reason maybe for this is that we need more than a few calming spaces for individuals. We need to understand how we become mindful as a group. For this we need to understand how groups actually work, as well as individuals, and therefore how we can support them to reach more easily reach their goals.

Essentially, mindfulness encourages us to dive deeper beneath the surface, to recognise our habits and behaviours, to sit with them, experience them and shape them more positively. People can influence events and unconscious motivations rather than be determined or controlled by them; they can change their outcomes. Within an organisational structure, the potential to change whole cultures and inspire every individual to play their part to the best of their ability — to achieve their potential — is significant. But of course we need to have the maps, models and principles to support us in doing this, to show us the “how to.”

And that’s why we’re introducing our new leadership and self-development offering, Wisdom Fish, at this year’s IFC. As an organisation, Wisdom Fish is all about asking the right questions, moving beyond the superficial. In our Power Hour discussion, we’ll be exploring the ways in which leaders can create thriving organisational cultures. We’ll also be offering daily meditation sessions and interactive sessions on recognising our impact and changing our outcomes.

Find out more by joining us at one of the Wisdom Fish sessions below, joining me for a daily meditation session, or for a cocktail at the end of the day:

Power Hour: Ask Me Anything – A discussion with Neil Hope and Sarah Carter on how leaders can create thriving organisational cultures that produce sustainable results and enable them to retain their best people. Wednesday 19th October, 17.30 – 18.30.

Recognising our impact; changing our outcomes — An opportunity to explore our own patterns, personal triggers and ways of responding — and the impact these can have on us as individuals, the groups we lead and their outcomes, facilitated by Sarah Carter and Neil Hope. Thursday 20th October, 11.00 – 12.30 or 16.00 – 17.30.

And don’t forget to follow the Wisdom Fish @wisdomfishsays

Neil Hope is co-founder of Wisdom Fish and joint managing director of Home Fundraising. A transpersonal psychotherapist and practitioner in meditation, Neil has developed thousands of fundraisers and leaders at HOME. His years as a Buddhist monk encouraged him to consider the effect that individuals can have on the outcome of the groups that they lead. This thinking, developed over the last 25 years, has resulted in the creation of a unique self-development and leadership model that has formed the foundations for HOME’s success and for the tools and models offered by Wisdom Fish. Wisdom Fish is a Resource Alliance Transformative Partner, a group of visionary companies that share our values, and help fund the work that we do around the world and to bring our message — and events like the International Fundraising Congress (IFC) — to the organisations that need them.