Case Study – National Medical Research Council – 2018
The mindfulness initiative was driven by HR area for the National Health and Medical Research Council. The organisation wanted to introduce mindfulness skills and experience for staff as part of a well-being program. Neil Shepherd was engaged to design and present a mindful experience. The event was filled straight away so a second event was booked. The mindfulness experience focused on the framework of :
- Awareness – how to build the observing mind to “notice” with mindful living practice
- Understand the mind – how our thoughts, emotions and behaviours effect our reality
- Acceptance and Resilience – how our attitudes can make situations challenging and stressful
- Experiential session – guided mindfulness experience
Throughout the presentation anecdotes, engagement and story-telling was used to help staff understand concepts. Reinforcing messages such as developing self-awareness and skills to “notice” more as a precursor to being able to respond rather than react.
Some mindfulness related video links were sent out to staff prior to the presentation to whet their appetite. Participants were given access to one of our personalised guided mindful meditation links and a one page “tips and hints” sheet.
The presentations were so well received, NHMRC immediately booked a 4-week follow up corporate training course. Training included further details of the mindfulness knowledge framework and extra experiential exercises. Focusing on self-awareness, self-regulation, stress management and building resilience in the work place. The goal was to help staff personally and professionally.