We hear a lot about mindfulness these days. One place you don’t normally hear about it is in the workplace. However, that is starting to change.
Mindfulness is the practice of observing your thoughts and then consciously choosing how to behave. It’s becoming more accepted in the workplace because it improves bottom line business results.
The Art of Mindfulness Guide by John Parrott will show you the rewards of mindfulness plus give you five training’s you can practice at home.
A quick review of any of those pieces will easily convince you of the value of mindfulness. And the good news is that similar successes can be easily replicated in your team by implementing the 5 Elements of Right-Minded Teamwork or our Right-Minded Choice process.
Intrigued? Let’s take a closer look at Aetna’s’s results after implementing mindfulness into their business and then I’ll show you how you can use the Right-Minded Choice process to achieve mindful and productive teamwork.
Aetna’s CEO, Mr. Bertolini, began reshaping Aetna’s culture by offering free yoga and meditation classes to his 50,000 employees. Since it’s inception, six thousand employees have participated.
- Employees report they are more effective on the job, gaining an average of 62 minutes per week of productivity. Aetna estimates that is worth $3,000 per employee per year.
- Employees who participate in either yoga or mindfulness training report:
- 28% reduction in their stress levels
- 20% improvement in their sleep quality
- 19% reduction in their pain
- Demand for these mindful training programs continues to rise with each class being overbooked.
Listen to this marvelous story directly from Mr. Bertonlini himself by watching this 4 minute video from Forbes.
Right-Minded Teamwork’s Mindfulness
At Aetna, employees volunteer for the mindfulness training. It is their individual decision to attend. It’s not a team building event. The Aetna training has paid off for employees and customers resulting in a truly inspirational change management program.
Right-Minded Teamwork’s Mindfulness approach, on the other hand, is different in several ways, but achieves similar results.
Right-Minded Choice does not teach yoga or meditation. Instead, it teaches teammates how to choose accountable, or mindful, work behavior especially when difficult team situations occur.
Let’s go a little deeper.
Every team experiences difficult situation. How teammates respond to those situations can make those situations better or worse. I’m sure you will agree, right?
Well, the Choice model teaches that we only have two choices as to how to respond to difficult team situations. Keep in mind there are hundreds of variations of those two choices; nevertheless, there are only two.
Teammates either act like
A – a victim or victimizer or
B – a right-minded accountable teammate
“B” is the desired “mindful” teammate response. The “A” response is how teammates behave when they are …
out of their right mind.
Let’s go even deeper and I’ll show you how to use Choice to improve your team’s teamwork.
The Aetna program is a training class. The Right-Minded Teamwork approach is a facilitated team building workshop all teammates attend.
At the beginning of the workshop the facilitator presents the model: see Choice Model User Page for instructions. During the presentation, teammates naturally ask questions and offer comments. Teammates always agree their team will be better off when all teammates think and behave in a right-minded accountable way when difficult team situations happen.
At this point, the facilitator reminds them of a recent difficult situation. When teammates look honestly at that past situation, they realize they could have responded in a more upper loop or mindful way.
The facilitator asks,
“What did we do to create, promote or allow that situation to happen? What should we do differently going forward?”
These questions take teammates back into their minds where the root cause of their work behavior can be found. As the teammates talk, the facilitator captures their ideas as to how they desire to think and act differently going forward. Those ideas are put into Work Agreements.
At the end of the workshop, they might have created several Work Agreements that, essentially, maps out how this team will act and behave in a mindful way. Teammates commit to living their Work Agreements going forward.
This simple explanation is how you put mindfulness into team building action.
For decades, the Choice model program, just like the Aetna program, has produced results, too. Learn how this team saved $350,000 and increased trust by 78%.
And here are just two testimonials from people just like you who have used Right-Minded Choice.
“I’ve used the Choice Model for 15+ years and I still live by the process today in my professional and personal life. It’s a great way to kick start a new team or invigorate a seasoned one.” – Ken – Nuclear Power Executive
“I’m looking at a Choice Model poster in my office as I type this note and appreciate you bringing this into my career and personal life. I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t think about this model or share the principle of this model with someone.” – Jacob – Oil & Gas Production Leader
Mindfulness can mean different but similar things. At Aetna, mindfulness meditation and yoga training were offered to individuals.
Right-Minded Teamwork’s mindfulness approach starts with teaching teammates how to make right-minded ‘mindful’ choices that lead to accountable work behaviors. Both approaches benefit the employee and organization, and both approaches make teams successful.
Ready to start using Right-Minded Choice in your team?
Here are five actions you can take right now.
- Understand the 5 Elements of the Right-Minded Teamwork Structure
- Implement the Choice Model Process in your team. Click Here to get started.
- Give your teammates Right-Minded Choice Cards. Buy Here.
- Learn basic process for creating and facilitating Work Agreements.
- Read and implement the practices in the Art of Mindfulness Guide by John Parrott.
To Your Success, Dan Hogan
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