What is MBSP?

You may have heard of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), but the latest approach that’s gaining more attention is Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice. So what is it, what are the benefits, and how is it different from other mindfulness-based approaches?

Mindfulness and character strengths are complementary

Mindfulness and character strengths can both be considered pathways to the character virtues of wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence as defined by Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman, the founders of positive psychology. They also share the same goal of enhancing the good in us and enabling us to use that good both in our interactions with others and in the way we view the world around us. Not only that, strengths practice can enhance mindfulness practice, and vice versa.

The struggle many people have with mindfulness

Even though mindfulness teachers tell us to not expect anything from our practice and to approach it with openness, acceptance, and curiosity, we may often practice when we feel the need to feel less stressed or anxious, or to avoid feelings of guilt that we might experience from missing a practice when we promised ourselves we’d do it daily.

Often, meditation and mindfulness is touted as something that people do to ‘fix’ something that’s wrong. Other mindfulness-based therapies use mindfulness to solve a problem. Maybe someone is stressed, anxious, depressed, or angry. But what it we approached our mindfulness practice from a strengths perspective, and focused on the positive, rather than the ‘problem’ that needs to be fixed?

The benefits of approaching mindfulness practice from a place of strength

  • Mindfulness helps us to realise and use strengths like openness and curiosity, and to focus on the good attributes we already have, rather than the difficult thoughts and feelings that pervade our minds.
  • Strengths practice can help us to continue to practice mindfulness even when it seems difficult or when troubling thoughts or emotions arise during our practice.
  • Mindfulness helps us keep our attention on difficult thoughts and feelings and teaches us to hold them in non-judgemental awareness, and using a strengths approach can help us look at thoughts, feelings, and problems in a different and more positive way that we might not have thought of.

Mindfulness and strengths practice complement each other and help us grow as people. Together they help us discover the good inside of us that can be nurtured so that we can live a full, happy life and thrive.

 

Maureen O’Callaghan is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and has an MSc in Mindfulness-Based Approaches. She works with organisations, teams, and individuals to create less stressful working environments, improve team working, enhance performance and productivity and develop leadership and management skills.  For more information visit www.mocallaghan.co.uk or e mail maureen@mocallaghan.co.uk

How to Apply Character Strengths at Work

The key to being happier and more productive at work is already in your pocket, or more specifically, it’s already inside of you. It’s your character strengths. Your character strengths, when used to their full potential, can improve your wellbeing and help you thrive at work.

Character strengths have been extensively researched in the positive psychology field, and as well as increasing happiness and wellbeing for individuals, applying them in the workplace can also make organisations more successful.

How do you recognise a strength?

A strength is not just something you’re ‘good at,’ it goes far deeper than that. A strength in the context of positive psychology is a positive character attribute you possess, like bravery or kindness.

Discovering what your character strengths are

Research shows that humans share the same 24 character strengths, though whether we possess more or less of a particular strength does vary.

The VIA Character Strengths test helps us identify our strongest and weakest attributes. Character strengths are divided into six ‘Core Virtues’ and each virtue is divided into its related character strengths. You can find out what your top character strengths are at the VIA website.

 How do you know when you’re using your strengths?

When you’re using one of your key character strengths, you’ll feel happy and energised, and you’ll perform well. You probably aren’t using your strengths if a task or activity bores you or drains your energy.

The benefits of using character strengths at work

As you imagine, when you’re making the best use of your character strengths at work, it leads to better outcomes. Research has found that there are many benefits of applying character strengths in the workplace, including:

  • Better work performance
  • Better stress management
  • Greater workplace harmony
  • Increased likelihood of being able to do meaningful work/pursue a calling
  • A more positive experience of work in general
  • Feeling more engaged at work
  • Increased likelihood of continuing to use your strengths

How to apply your character strengths at work

  • Once you’ve identified your key character strengths:
  • Work out which ones will benefit your team
  • Ask your manager to help you align your key strengths with your work tasks where possible
  • Make a habit out of using your main strengths every day
  • Look for character strengths in your colleagues
  • Tell your colleagues which of their character strengths you appreciate or admire and why.
  • Find new ways to use your top character strengths

 

Maureen O’Callaghan is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and has an MSc in Mindfulness-Based Approaches. She works with organisations, teams, and individuals to create less stressful working environments, improve team working, enhance performance and productivity and develop leadership and management skills.  For more information visit www.mocallaghan.co.uk or e mail maureen@mocallaghan.co.uk

How Character Strengths are Developed

When it comes to character strengths, everyone has a different profile of strengths like bravery, kindness, and integrity. Research has shown that getting to know our strengths and knowing how we can best use them every day can help us flourish.

Many of us think that focusing on our weaknesses is the way to go, and that working at the things we’re not so good at will help us become better versions of ourselves. This may be true, but focusing on our weaknesses and forgetting about our strengths can fast become exhausting and demoralising.

Which strengths should we focus on?

All of our strengths are important, but it’s best to focus on what you consider to be your main strengths. These are the strengths that come naturally to you. For example, are you a very kind person who likes to spread a little kindness wherever you go? Start here, and soon you’ll find that it’s easier to start working on your other strengths too.

How to develop your character strengths

  • First, find out your strengths by completing a survey, such as the one at viacharacter.org/survey. You’ll then get to know what your top five ‘signature’ strengths are. Start by focusing on these top strengths.
  • Make a list of your top five strengths and have it somewhere where you can see it or look at it regularly like on your computer or in your diary.
  • Each day find ways to use your top five strengths. So if one of your top strengths is kindness, look for new ways to be kind daily.
  • Be a role model for your colleagues and other people around you. Once you know your strengths, and you’re putting them into practice every day, you’re more likely to notice other people’s character strengths. You can even help colleagues identify their own strengths; be the manager who focuses on strengths, not weaknesses and problems.
  • At the end of each day, reflect on how you used your character strengths and what went particularly well for you. For example:

If you wanted to use your bravery, you had that difficult conversation with a colleague and it went well.

If you wanted to use your kindness, you made time to meet up with a friend who’s going through a difficult time.

Using your character strengths at work-My experience

Discovering your own character strengths and learning how to use them to make your daily life happier and more fulfilling is a fascinating and very rewarding journey. Work is a huge part of life for many, and all too often, I meet people whose work leaves them emotionally exhausted and physically ill.  The joy has gone out of their work.  Don’t let that happen to you. Identify your strengths, recognise when you perform well and look for ways to ensure that this happens more often. Ask yourself:

What does your best feel like?

When are you most energised and engaged?

When are you so absorbed in what you are doing that time just flies by?

When do you experience repeated success and gain the respect of others?

I learned that to be a success I needed to recognise what my strengths were and to find ways to use them in my work. Obviously, there were areas where I needed to improve but I figured that focusing on my weaknesses wasn’t going to get me very far in the short-term.  It wasn’t going to be much fun either. It was the right decision, by focusing on utilising my strengths I achieved much greater job satisfaction, I was more motivated, I was more willing to share my knowledge and skills with others, I was more creative and I also earned more.  And I like to think I achieved some longevity as I am still doing what I love.

 

Maureen O’Callaghan is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and has an MSc in Mindfulness-Based Approaches. She works with organisations, teams, and individuals to create less stressful working environments, improve team working, enhance performance and productivity and develop leadership and management skills.  For more information visit www.mocallaghan.co.uk or e mail maureen@mocallaghan.co.uk

How to Be an Effective SME Leader

The majority of businesses in the UK are SMEs. SMEs are crucial to the economy because they provide jobs and they drive innovation, but according to research, one thing in particular is holding them back- poor management. 

Problems in SME leadership

According to a study carried out by Warwick Business School, under-developed leadership and management skills coupled with a failure to adopt best practice is negatively affecting the performance and growth of many SMEs.

Businesses which are led by leaders with strong leadership skills are more profitable and more productive, thanks to good strategic management and people management practices.

One of the best ways you can be an effective SME leader is to ensure that you develop your leadership skills and continue to do so. The good news is that even if you feel like you’re out of your depth with some aspects of management, and with being an entrepreneur in general, there are a lot of valuable training, education, and consultancy resources out there that can help you, and your business grow.

 Being an effective SME Leader: What you need to know

As well as developing your management and leadership skills, there are other things to consider if you want to increase your effectiveness as a leader of an SME.

The kind of leadership your business needs can change as the business changes

When a business starts up, much can be achieved by a leader’s drive and inspiration alone, but as the business grows, there needs to be more of a focus on strategy. You might find that you feel like a true entrepreneur at the beginning, then you move on to a stage where you plan for the longer term and put down solid foundations, before moving back to feeling entrepreneurial when you want to introduce new products or services, or take the business in a new direction.

As your business grows, you’ll come up against new challenges

As your business expands, you’ll find that you have to deal with leadership and people management issues you’ve not faced before. To overcome these, think about what you need to learn or what help you might need to recognise and solve problems. Do you know another leader or business that has faced similar challenges? How did they deal with them? Do you need external help? Asking these questions will give you some perspective on how to deal with the issues in your business.

Nobody expects you to have all the answers and do everything

In the beginning when you’re getting your business off the ground, it makes sense that you’ll be involved in every decision, and taking a lead role in most tasks, but as the business grows, you should think about developing and empowering others to take over key roles and tasks within the business. Your business will only grow if everyone’s skill set is being used in a way that truly meets the needs the longer-term needs of the business (including yours).

 

Maureen O’Callaghan is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and has an MSc in Mindfulness-Based Approaches. She works with organisations, teams, and individuals to create less stressful working environments, improve team working, enhance performance and productivity and develop leadership and management skills.  For more information visit www.mocallaghan.co.uk or e mail maureen@mocallaghan.co.uk

How to Deal with Workplace Bullying

Bullying in the workplace has an insidious effect not only on the target of the bullying, but also on the organisation. Bullying creates an unhappy and toxic working environment where morale and productivity are low, and sickness absence rates are high, and this can only affect a company’s bottom line.

What is workplace bullying?

Workplace bullying comes in many different forms, whether it’s perpetrated by, or aimed at, a manager, supervisor, a co-worker, or anyone else in an organisation. Examples of workplace bullying include:

  • Insulting someone or intentionally embarrassing them
  • Spreading rumours
  • Excluding or ignoring people
  • Personal or professional criticism that is not warranted
  • Deliberately giving someone an unmanageable workload
  • Making someone do demeaning or pointless tasks
  • Threatening someone
  • Making unwanted sexual advances or sexual harassment
  • Deliberately passing someone over for a promotion or stopping them from developing in their role

It should be noted too that bullying doesn’t necessarily need to be face to face. If the insulting or threatening behaviour happens over email, phone, or text message, it’s still bullying.

The effects of bullying

Victims of bullying can experience stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and physical health problems which can all result in time off work. At work, they can find it hard to concentrate and be productive, and they may dread going into work at all.

When is a workplace bully not a bully?

The answer is never. Whether a workplace bully tries to pass bullying off as a misunderstanding, or they are allowed to act however they want because of their position within an organisation, it’s not acceptable.

The role of managers

Managers have an important role to play in tackling bullying in the workplace. They can:

  • Produce and enforce a comprehensive bullying and harassment policy
  • Make sure that any allegations of bullying and harassment are taken seriously and dealt with sensitively
  • Ensure that all employees are clear on the grievance procedure and what they can expect once an incident has been reported

Are you being bullied?

If you are the victim of workplace bullying, here’s what you can do:

Firstly, stay calm

This is easier said than done, but the best way to deal with bullying is to remain calm and professional, and to go through the proper channels to find a resolution.

Speak to the other person

Talk to the person who is bullying you and let them know how much their behaviour is affecting you. If you aren’t comfortable doing this alone, ask a trusted colleague to go with you. Some issues can be resolved informally.

Speak to your manager or HR

If you don’t feel like you can confront someone, talk to your manager, or if it’s your manager who is bullying you, speak to someone from HR. Explain how the bullying is affecting you and get advice and guidance on next steps.

Take things further if necessary

If you have gone through the appropriate channels and you don’t feel like you’re being taken seriously, start looking elsewhere for help and advice. ACAS and the Citizens Advice Bureau are a good place to start.

 

Maureen O’Callaghan is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and has an MSc in Mindfulness-Based Approaches. She works with organisations, teams, and individuals to create less stressful working environments, improve team working, enhance performance and productivity and develop leadership and management skills.  For more information visit www.mocallaghan.co.uk or e mail maureen@mocallaghan.co.uk

How to Increase Employee Engagement

One thing that many organisations struggle with is keeping their employees engaged. Whether the problem is the culture, a lack of purpose or of opportunities to grow, disengaged employees cost businesses dearly due to lost productivity and high staff turnover. So how can you motivate employees and get them engaged and working for the good of the business again?

Tell them your ‘why’

What is your company’s mission and purpose, and how do your employees fit into the overall picture? If they understand this, they’ll feel as if they are a vital and valuable part of something bigger than them, and they’ll be more motivated to work towards business goals.

Tell them their ‘why’

Employees will feel less engaged if they don’t understand how they contribute. Be sure to clearly define their role and how it contributes towards the achievement of strategic goals.

Communicate

If managers make an effort to be approachable and have regular contact with employees, they’ll feel valued and less like they’re just a ‘number.’

Encourage collaboration

Encouraging employees to contribute their ideas and suggestions will increase engagement, inspiration, and innovation.

Encourage regular breaks

If motivation and energy levels are low because people are stuck at their desks all day, including at lunchtime, make a point of encouraging them to take regular breaks, away from their screens and ideally, in the fresh air.

Be flexible

Employees have lives outside of work, and many of them would be better engaged if they had more flexible working patterns. Being able to start later, finish earlier, or occasionally work from home would improve work/life balance for many people, and they’d be happier, more productive, and more likely to stay as a result.

Look after employee wellbeing

If long working hours prevent people from exercising or heavy workloads make them feel chronically stressed, they’re much less likely to be happy and engaged at work. Introducing things like subsidised gym memberships, walking groups, and relaxation or meditation classes can go a long way towards improving employee wellbeing.

Reward a job well done

Giving an employee some recognition for a job well done can really boost morale and make them feel appreciated. It doesn’t have to be anything costly, but whatever it is, recognising good work can be an incentive to work hard for the company.

Encourage professional development

If employees see that they’re being encouraged to develop and learn new skills, they’ll feel more challenged and engaged, and they’ll want to stay, rather than go elsewhere for better opportunities.

 

Maureen O’Callaghan is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and has an MSc in Mindfulness-Based Approaches. She works with organisations, teams, and individuals to create less stressful working environments, improve team working, enhance performance and productivity and develop leadership and management skills.  For more information visit www.mocallaghan.co.uk or e mail maureen@mocallaghan.co.uk

How to Take Inspired Action

Do you ever try to plan something to the letter, only to find that something unexpected happens and throws everything up in the air? Whether it’s work plans or plans we make in our personal lives, life has a funny way of scuppering our best intentions.

When things in life are going our way, it feels good, but when something happens to derail us, we can feel all sorts of emotions, from disappointment, to frustration, anger, anxiety, and overwhelm.

The reason for this is our need to control situations and their outcome, especially if the situation stirs up negative feelings like anxiety and fear. But control is an illusion, the only thing you can really be in control of is your own reaction to a situation, and the action you take as a result.

The importance of awareness

When you find yourself in an unexpected difficult situation, it’s important to take a moment and give yourself some breathing space before you make a decision about what you’re going to do next. Be aware of how you feel. Do you feel sad, angry, or frustrated? Acknowledge this. You might have felt these feelings so often that you’ve forgotten what they truly feel like. Allow yourself to just be with your feelings and to see them for what they are, even though this may be uncomfortable. This awareness gives you some much-needed space and being mindful grounds you in the present moment when you start thinking about things that have happened in the past, or trying to control a situation that may or may not happen in the future.  It can also help to ask yourself these questions:

What is it that I believe when I’m feeling like this?

Is this belief true?

What would my life be like if I didn’t have this belief?

Taking inspired action

Awareness and mindfulness are about what is present in each moment, and from a place of being aware and mindful, it is more likely that we’ll take inspired action. Inspired action is action we take when we’re choosing what our actions are inspired by. Every action we take is inspired by something, whether it’s habit, compassion, greed, or desire. Being aware and mindful helps you to make conscious choices about what inspires your actions. It might be that you mindfully decide to let go of a habit that no longer works for you, or you give up rushing through your life at 100mph and slow down and smell the flowers, either way, being truly aware can transform your life.

Inspired action feels good, but it’s not always comfortable

You might have to follow a course of action and simply trust that it’s right, and fight your mind’s desire to plan and control every aspect of what happens along the way. It’s not easy, but when your actions come from a place of deeper awareness and knowing, they are more aligned with who you really are, and you get to experience the true peace that comes with that.

Maureen O’Callaghan is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and has an MSc in Mindfulness-Based Approaches. She works with organisations, teams, and individuals to create less stressful working environments, improve team working, enhance performance and productivity and develop leadership and management skills.  For more information visit www.mocallaghan.co.uk or e mail maureen@mocallaghan.co.uk

Success Without the Stress

Many people dream of being their own boss but few people don’t realise how challenging and stressful it can be. Leaving a secure salary behind can be scary, and then there’s the thought that you have to make all the decisions and wear all the hats. Suddenly, it all seems very daunting.

The pressures and challenges business owners have to face:

Financial insecurity

Walking away from a secure job and a salary can be scary, especially when you’re just starting off.

Uncertainty

There are no guarantees that your business will work or turn a profit, or even if you’ll be able to pay yourself a salary at first.

Staying motivated and passionate

You might have dreamed of being your own boss and following your passion, but will you have the determination and motivation to keep pushing on when it gets tough?

Lack of work/life balance

When you’re building your business, and even further down the line, you’ll come to realise that balancing work with a family and social life is very difficult unless you take some steps to properly manage your time.

Isolation

Being your own boss can be quite isolating, especially if you’re a sole trader or you work from home. The long hours you put in working on your business can make it tough to see your family and friends as much as you would like.

You’re not alone

So business owners have a lot on their plate, but the good news is, you’re not alone. After 20 years’ experience of leading teams in high-pressure corporate environments and running my own businesses, I decided to write ‘Success Without the Stress,’ a definitive guide to reducing stress for small business owners.

Stress can have an insidious impact on physical and mental health, and the book aims to help small business owners understand the pressures and challenges of running a business, and how to manage them.

What’s in the book?

You’ll find tried and tested management theory and practice, up-to-date research, and my own personal insights on topics such as:

  • Identifying the pressures and challenges faced by small business owners and how much control / influence you have over them
  • Building your confidence and self-esteem
  • Developing an authentic and powerful personal brand
  • Avoiding feelings of isolation by connecting with others
  • Developing business skills
  • Making wise and ethical decisions
  • Developing a less stressful approach to handling problems
  • Working more efficiently and effectively
  • Avoiding negative thinking habits
  • Building emotional resilience
  • Maintaining optimum health and wellbeing

There are also interactive activities to help you apply what you’ve learned

There are plenty of business books out there that aim to motivate people and help them reach their potential, but I saw a need for a book that addresses how stressful owning a business can be. I wish there had been a book like this when I first started out, and I wrote it with that in mind.

If you are a business owner who frequently feels overwhelmed, this book is for you. You can buy it here.

Maureen O’Callaghan is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and has an MSc in Mindfulness-Based Approaches. She works with organisations, teams, and individuals to create less stressful working environments, improve team working, enhance performance and productivity and develop leadership and management skills.  For more information visit www.mocallaghan.co.uk or e mail maureen@mocallaghan.co.uk

Supporting Flexible Working

Flexible working is fast becoming the norm, thanks to improvements in technology, and a need for flexibility from both employees who want a better work/life balance, and businesses that need to meet customer demands around the clock.

Many business owners worry about whether they can accommodate flexible working, especially in small businesses that might not have the capacity or flexibility to do so, but if flexible working is included in your business strategy, it can have real benefits.

Examples of flexible working

There are many different flexible working options to consider, so whatever size your business is, you can find the arrangement that suits you and your employees. The most popular types of flexible working are part-time working, flexitime, job-sharing, remote working, compressed hours, staggered hours, and annualised hours.

The benefits that flexible working can bring

The benefits for employees

  • Better work life balance
  • Increased job satisfaction
  • Improved motivation and morale
  • Less stress and anxiety

Business benefits

  • Flexible working opportunities are more attractive to potential employees and they encourage good employees to stay with your business
  • Employees are more focused when they have a better balance between work and personal responsibilities. This means they’re more productive which is better for your bottom line
  • There are less costs relating to absence, sick leave, and lateness
  • Flexible working makes your business more flexible and more responsive, for example, having a customer service department that is open outside of office hours is very attractive to customers. You can also change shift patterns/staff working hours to meet demand at busier or quieter time of the year

How to make flexible working work for your business

  • Use it for the benefit of your business. Flexible working doesn’t just have to benefit employees, you can use it to achieve business goals. For example, if you want one of your best employees to work on a project but you know that they have a lot of family commitments, could allowing them to work from home a few days per week mean that they’ll be able to focus fully on the project instead of being stuck in the office and worrying about what’s going on at home?
  • Make it clear that even though you’re an advocate of flexible working, you still expect an employee’s work to be of the same standard. Set ground rules about when you expect them to check in with you, and always agree deadlines for work. This reduces the chance of flexible working having a negative impact on the business.
  • Advocate collaborative working. Even if you do allow some employees to work from home on set days each week, make it clear that you’ll need them in the office sometimes. Make sure they use their time in the office to work jointly on tasks with the rest of the team. This will have the added benefit of helping flexible employees maintain a sense of connection with colleagues.

Ask yourself regularly if flexible working works for the business and employees. You must monitor how effective flexible working is, and if it’s not working, changes must be made and communicated to everyone.

Maureen O’Callaghan is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and has an MSc in Mindfulness-Based Approaches. She works with organisations, teams, and individuals to create less stressful working environments, improve team working, enhance performance and productivity and develop leadership and management skills.  For more information visit www.mocallaghan.co.uk or e mail maureen@mocallaghan.co.uk

How to Declutter a Busy Mind

What would you give to clear your mind of all of the clutter? To rid yourself of the thoughts and emotions that are taking up unnecessary space? To stop holding onto grudges, guilt, and anger? To no longer live on autopilot to the extent that you completely forget to make yourself a priority?

You might say you want to live a positive and happy life, but worries about the past or the future, and negative emotions simply clutter up your mind, and steal the joy you should be experiencing in your life. The good news is there are some steps you can take to declutter your mind and have a happier, more balanced existence.

How to declutter a busy mind

Declutter your surroundings

This doesn’t just mean your home, it means your workspace too. Clear that bulging closet and file away that pile of papers from your desk and just see how much less stressed and more balanced you feel.

Prioritise tasks

If you have a never ending to do list, this immediately clutters the mind and you can’t see the wood for the trees. Have a look at your list and categorise tasks as urgent, important but not urgent, and not urgent, and you’ll be able to see where you should be directing your energy. If you do have some onerous tasks on your list and you feel overwhelmed, try breaking them down into smaller, more manageable tasks.

Say ‘no’

We can sometimes feel guilty for saying no when people ask us to do something, but if you’re already very busy, and your brain is at boiling point, say no. You don’t even have to give an explanation. Just acknowledge to yourself that you have your own priorities and a responsibility to look after yourself.

Resurrect your creativity

Do you love to write, draw, or paint, but never feel like you have the time? Make time for activities that bring you joy, relieve stress, and calm your mind.

Accept that there are things you can’t change

Trying to control every little detail of your life, and allowing your thoughts to rule you is exhausting and overwhelming. Accept that there are things you can’t change, and decide to be happy. It can be that simple. For example, imagine that you get caught in a really heavy rain shower and you tell yourself ‘this is really miserable, I hate the rain, I bet it lasts all day,’ how is this likely to make you feel? It won’t make you feel good, that’s for sure. This is just a small example of how thoughts can really impact upon how you feel. You can’t stop bad things happening, but you can change how you think about them and react to them.

Practice mindful meditation

Mindfulness is about living in the present moment, not the past, or the future. Being mindful doesn’t need to be about meditating either, though this is very helpful in reducing stress and bringing clarity of thought. You can do any activity mindfully, whether it’s eating, showering, walking, or even washing the dishes. It’s about savouring what you see, feel, taste, smell, hear, or notice and it focuses the mind on exactly what you’re doing, and not on bills, the shopping list, or what that co-worker you don’t like said to you today. Mindfulness can help you learn how to just ‘be’ rather than running around on autopilot. In today’s busy world, everyone can benefit from being more mindful for the sake of their physical and emotional health.

Maureen O’Callaghan is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and has an MSc in Mindfulness-Based Approaches. She works with organisations, teams, and individuals to create less stressful working environments, improve team working, enhance performance and productivity and develop leadership and management skills.  For more information visit www.mocallaghan.co.uk or e mail maureen@mocallaghan.co.uk