Mindfulness in the Workplace and Leadership Training

Who better than a renowned school of public health, working in conjunction with a medical school, graduate executive education program, and a university known for research and innovation to equip individuals and organizations to meet the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly complex and unpredictable world? 

Today’s global work environment calls for individuals with advanced cognitive and interpersonal skills with the energy to sustain peak performance. Yet, many in the workforce find themselves in lives that are rushed, jam-packed and relentless in the expectation of production, leaving them stressed, compromised in the ability to access their best thinking, disconnected from fundamental values and at growing risk of unwanted consequences to health and well-being. According to the World Health Organization, the average person spends 90,000 hours, 1/3 of their life, at work. Employers are thus uniquely positioned to both benefit from and provide the tools and strategies necessary for individual and organizational effectiveness and well-being. 

Mindfulness – the capacity to be fully present in the moment, with clear perspective, thought and intention, strengthens the ability of  leaders and the workforce to be healthy, engaged and operating at optimal potential. An article in the Harvard Business Review concludes that

“Mindfulness should no longer be considered a “nice-to-have” for executives. It’s a “must-have”:   a way to keep our brains healthy, to support self-regulation and effective decision-making capabilities, and to protect ourselves from toxic stress.”

Similarly, the 2017 Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being issued a report recommending mindfulness training as it can enhance a host of competencies related to effectiveness, including increased focus and concentration, working memory, critical cognitive skills, reduced burnout, and ethical and rational decision-making. The task force went so far as to state that well-being itself is an indispensable part of professional competence.

Known for rigorous research and the highest quality  mindfulness instruction, the Mindfulness Center at Brown faculty and researchers include leaders in the field of neuroscience and mindfulness, as well as in research on behavior change and the impact of mindfulness-based trainings on stress, resilience, cognitive processing and positive lifestyle change. Our programs target:

  • focus: the control, stability and efficiency of attention
  • cognitive performance: flexible thinking, innovation, problem solving and decision-making
  • emotional regulation: the ability to respond skillfully rather than react habitually
  • interpersonal skill development: enhancing communication and collaboration
  • resilience: discovering new and more effective ways of navigating challenge and stress 
  • well-being: essential for full and meaningful engagement in work and life

Brown mindfulness teachers have extensive experience designing and delivering programs to meet your unique goals, participant needs and schedule preferences. We serve organizations of all sizes including major corporations, small businesses, law firms and legal organizations, non-profits, government and educational institutions and offer a variety of formats from single session programs to weekly series and multi-day intensives. We work in person and online and offer a wealth of written, audio and video resources in addition to the expertise and experience we share with program participants. 

To learn more about who we are and how we can support you, please contact:

Brenda Fingold, JD, MA

Assistant Director of Workplace and Leadership Education

Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher

[email protected]