MINDFUL LEADERSHIP IN ACTION WORKSHOPS™
Applying the ARIES Practices and Tools
Mindful Leadership in Action™ is a highly interactive, practically-oriented workshop-based program in which participants gain proficiency in bringing about change and improvement through handling contentious issues more productively. Such issues may be characterized by, for example: apparent resistance to change; teamwork or partnering-related problems; silo behaviors; difficulty in engaging with those up the line; and group or individual performance problems.
The program is designed for senior and middle managers who are endeavoring to bring about change and/or performance improvement - in virtually any type of organization. It can be run in versions from a half-day introduction to a 3-day intensive.
When we are mindful, we are able to just notice and observe rather than rush to judgment. We set about viewing an issue from a variety of standpoints, instead of locking-in quickly to a single interpretation. Mindful leadership implies an ability to ask questions that reach down into the issue’s underlying dimensions without unduly creating threat and anxiety. Another key element is being able to speak in ways that allow a more encompassing truth to emerge, as distinct from regarding our own view as “the” truth. Mindful leadership also implies framing shared understandings of current realities and a preferred future for the problem at hand, in ways that can be held out for response by others. The prospect in building such shared understandings is in unlocking a great deal of energy for change.
In the program, participants learn how to apply the ARIES practices and tools from Don Dunoon’s book In the Leadership Mode. ARIES – Attending, Reflecting, Inquiring, Expressing, and Synthesizing – supports mindful leadership action to delve into and better understand the hidden aspects of a problem, and to identify, and assess possible interventions. Participants gain practice and skills in applying the ARIES tools to bring about desired changes with issues that matter to them.
What Participants Gain
Customizing the Program
The program can be tailored to ensure relevance and maximum added value for your participants. Typically, this centers on Don Dunoon working with your organization to develop realistic scenarios representing the kinds of issues and challenges your managers typically face. The scenarios are then built into skills development and practice sessions utilizing the ARIES framework.
Don Dunoon can present the program for your company/organization in a variety of formats:
Don can work with your organization to ensure that the program integrates seamlessly with your other leadership development and change offerings.
Features of the Program
Particular features of the web-workshop version of Mindful Leadership in Action ™:
Rather than being a content-heavy program, Mindful Leadership in Action ™ focuses mainly on participants gaining insights into workplace issues and challenges facing group members and on identifying, assessing and rehearsing possible intervention strategies. Typical content includes: