The modern workplace is challenging, and also a place where we can realize our potential as a human being. But it’s also a demanding place for which we need to build our (inner) strengths. Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion (think: inner compassion) is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, coping with life’s challenges, lower levels stress and anxiety, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying, compassionate relationships. Self-compassion is a source of self-worth that’s relatively free of social approval, enabling us to bounce back from difficulty and pursue our goals with energy and enthusiasm. And it’s becoming increasingly evident that compassion is good for workplace productivity and satisfaction.
This workshop, MSC@Work, is an adaptation by Wibo Koole of the empirically-supported 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training, developed by Chris Germer and Kristin Neff and taught to tens of thousands of people around the world. Compassion benefits everyone – and the easiest way to increase compassion for others is by cultivating self-compassion. Wibo Koole is a world leader in mindful leadership, to specifically address the needs of people in the business community—staff, managers, and CEO’s—who wish to make the workplace, and their experience of the workplace, more enjoyable and productive.
MSC@Work is designed to give each participant a direct experience of self-compassion and, by learning the core principles and practices of inner compassion, to be able to evoke this powerful resource at work. Program activities include topics, exercises, meditations, and small group interaction. It is not necessary for participants to have a formal meditation practice to benefit from self-compassion. MSC@Work is an opportunity to explore how we typically respond when difficulties arise on our lives and to learn tools for becoming a strong and supportive companion to ourselves, much as we might do for others.
And from the Boston Medical Center Women’s Health journal, Self-compassion is Associated with Less Stress and Depression and Greater Attention and Brain Response to Affective Stimuli in Women Managers
Wibo Koole, MA is a director of the Centrum voor Mindfulness in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and the architect of its renowned Mindful Leadership programs. After a long career as CEO he now combines global management and leadership consulting with teaching mindfulness and compassion. He is the author of Mindful Leadership. www.wibokoole.nl/en/publication/mindful-leadership/
Chris Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. He is a developer and popular teacher of the Mindful Self-Compassion program, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-author of The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook. www.chrisgermer.com www.centerformsc.org