Mindful Leadership and Wisdom at Work – Introductory Workshop

Mindful Leadership and Wisdom at Work
Co-organised by Future Considerations and CommunityIntelligence

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Introductory Workshop:
Developing Mind-Fitness for Thriving in a Complex World

Thursday, 5 June 2014

With Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey, Founders, Wisdom at Work
George Pór, Fellow, Future Considerations

  • Would you find it valuable to be more fully present for just 10 minutes a day if it helped you better carry out the intentions you have in your life and could that resource improve your effectiveness, maybe even your enjoyment, in work?
  • How can you develop the depth and strength of your mindful presence, which is the key to embody deeper wisdom, compassion, resilience, courage, and skillful action?
  • How can you develop your competences needed to thrive – and help others to thrive – in our “VUCA” times of increasing Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity?


Chinese-meditator-in-messy-officeThe workshop will be delivered through blend of teaching and experiential exercises, individual practices, work in pairs, triads and small group sessions.

This workshop is a rare opportunity to pause and reflect more deeply on our learning journey as leaders, and to explore new frontiers of personal development necessary to open higher dimensions of personal and organisational effectiveness.

It will expand the horizons of our personal and professional potentials, and strengthen our capacity to envision the depth of insight, caring, and creativity that we might bring to our lives, our organisations, and to the countless people we influence through our work in the world.

Learning outcomes

By attending this workshop you will:

  • Learn skills for developing greater mindful presence, mastery of attention, and calm intensity
  • Discover a suite of “mind fitness skills” to activate greater wisdom for optimising your mental and emotional responses to challenging situations
  • Improve the quality of communication and relationships through enhanced awareness
  • Foster higher levels of emotional intelligence
  • Gain perspective, confidence, and skills for seamlessly integrating inner work and outer work

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is for both formal and informal leaders who are curious to learn about how mindfulness is applied professionally and personally as well as how to expand their mindfulness. Through proven methods you will learn ways of improving self-mastery and create greater results by enhancing work and collaboration with contemplative practices.

This workshop is recommended for anyone who is seeking methods to humanize their organisations, improve their efficiency and effectiveness, promote greater resilience, greater self-mastery, selfless service, and how to thrive in their personal and professional lives.

Individuals from different organisations are welcome to attend, and we also encourage working teams or groups of individuals from organisations to attend who might take what they learn back into their own workplace and communities.

Themes to be explored

  • Expanding individual and shared mindfulness to bring deeper wisdom to work while reducing the “mindless” (automatic) behaviors that lead to mistakes, confusion, miscommunications, toxic behavior, rework, and inefficiency
  • Living and working with clear intentions and “on purpose”
  • Seamlessly integrating your inner work with your work in the world
  • Exploring compelling insights from evidence-based research on mindfulness and mind-fitness disciplines
  • The role of better cognitive maps, shared mental models, more effective meaning-making and symbol manipulation tools
  • Increasing collective wisdom and intelligence


This inspiring and highly experiential workshop offers a rare and intimate opportunity to study with:

Dr. Joel and Michelle Levey

joel-michelle-leveyJoel and Michelle are founders of Wisdom at Work. They draw insight from decades of clinical experience and have offered teachings for leaders from hundreds of organizations around the globe including: Google, NASA, Intel, KPMG, the National Institute of Health (U.S. Department of Health), U.S. Surgeon General’s Office, M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center, Clinton Global Initiative, and the World Bank.

Outstanding teachers in helping individuals, teams, and organisations develop greater capacity for “change resilience,” Joel and Michelle were two of the first people to bring mindfulness and mind-fitness training into the heart of mainstream business, medicine, education, sports, and military arenas in the West. They serve as clinical faculty at University of Minnesota Medical School and were Chairpersons for the Institute for Health and Productivity Management’s Center for Corporate Culture and Organizational Health; directors of clinical programs at Children’s Medical Center and Group Health Cooperative; creators of Google’s global Mindfulness and Meditation Laboratory. Their Jedi Warrior program for the U.S. Army Special Forces was described as: “the most intensive leadership and human development program to be offered in modern times.”

The Dalai Lama, an advisor on a number of the Leveys’ projects, praised their work saying: “You are presently engaged in work that has great prospects for bringing the inner sciences and technologies of human development and transformation to a very wide section of people who may not under ordinary circumstances come into contact with these teachings.”

Their published works are available in 10 languages and include: Living in Balance: A Mindful Guide for Thriving in a Complex World; Wisdom at Work; Luminous Mind: Meditation and Mind Fitness; The Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration, and Meditation: Ancient Skills for Modern Minds.

Web: WisdomAtWork.com

Read testimonials of their work here.

George Pór

george-porGeorge Pór, a Fellow of Future Considerations and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), is an independent scholar and mentor to visionary leaders in international business, government and civil society. George is the founder of CommunityIntelligence Ltd and Co-Director of the School of Commoning. He is a sociologist by education, and a facilitator of evolutionary transformation in individuals, systems, and society, by his passion. His pioneering work has been spanning such disciplines as shared mindfulness, collective intelligence and wisdom, communities of practice, knowledge ecology, social architecture, and online community design for several decades.

His academic work includes London School of Economics, INSEAD, University of Amsterdam, UC Berkeley, California Institute of Integral Studies, and Université de Paris.

As a consultant, he worked with the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, Copenhagen Institute for the Future, European Commission, European Investment Bank, Ford Motor Co., Greenpeace, Hewlett-Packard, Roffey Park Institute, Prudential, Shell, Siemens, Swiss Re, UN Development Programme, UN Environment Programme, Unilever, World Business Academy, World Wildlife Foundation, and numerous other organisations around the world. He also served as Chief Architect of the International Society for Systems Sciences’ Collective Intelligence Initiative.

One of George’s signature projects was an “Attention Leadership” action research to help people at Intel “attend to more things, at a faster rate, without becoming overloaded or dysfunctional.” (David Marsing, former VP of Manufacturing)

George has been publishing the Blog of Collective Intelligence since 2003 and has written over 100 papers and articles on related subjects in 6 languages, and contributed chapters to several books, including: Evolutionary Leadership: integral leadership for an increasingly complex world; Collective Intelligence: creating a prosperous world at peace; Knowledge Economics: Principles, Practices and Policies; Community Building: Renewing Spirit and Learning in Business; and Briefing book for President-Elect Bill Clinton’s Transition Team (1992).

Web: blogofcollectiveintelligence.com
Read testimonials of his work here.

Pricing Policy

After our “early bird” deadline (see below), the full price for our this workshops is £340 plus VAT or £620 plus VAT if you take it together with the advanced workshop.

We are offering an early bird discount rate of £299 plus VAT for one workshop and £549 plus VAT for both workshops. To qualify for the early bird discount you need to have booked your place and paid the requisite fee by May 5th 2014.

The following additional discounts are available on a limited basis on application (see below for how to apply):

  • 10% Public Sector organisations / micro businesses (fewer than 10 employees) and
  • 33% for Voluntary and community sector organisations
  • 10% for three or more participants from the same organisation.

These will also apply to the early bird rates.

Only one discount category can be used for each application.

We may also be able to offer a very limited number of assisted places which will attract a substantial discount for those who cannot pay these rates to encourage wide participation. Please indicate that you are applying for such a place on your application and the level of contribution you can offer.

To secure your place please pay the required amount at the time of your booking. Cancellations made before 30 days prior to the event will result in a 95% refund. Cancellations made between 14 and 29 days prior to the event will result in a 50% refund. Cancellation within the 14 day period will not result in a refund.

If the event is cancelled by us we will refund all fees in full.

To apply for a discount code, please let us know which category you qualify for and include your full contact details in an email to Angela Willetts atinfo@futureconsiderations.com.

For logistical information and registering visit: http://mindfulness-workshops.eventbrite.co.uk.