Mindfulness: Cultivating Agile Minds

Agility starts with Mind. It’s about open, curious, energetic mind constantly looking for doing better things and in better ways. Such Agile Minds manifest in proactively sensing market/customer opportunities/needs early, quickly adopting to changes  to create new value in the changing contexts, continuously learning, exploring & experimenting new things. It requires courage, self-drive and taking people along. If we notice, all these characteristics are distilled in Agile Values & Principles.

But how to develop Agile Minds? Typically our education system and corporate trainings  are predominantly IQ oriented; whereas Agile Mind is about Emotional Intelligence (EQ) – self awareness, self regulation, self motivation and empathy. EQ is an essential ingredient for a culture of self-organizing, collaboration and servant leadership – which are the tenets of good Agile culture. Mindfulness is a practical & effective toolset to cultivate EQ and create Agile Minds. 

Being a Mindfulness practitioner, this talk will cover my experiences of consulting & coaching on Mindfulness in organizations driving Enterprise Agility.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

The session will cover what is Mindfulness, how it helps in enhancing Agile mindset & culture at all levels in the organization and how it impacts Agile values & principles positively. The session brings up the usefulness of Mindfulness for Knowledge Workers and the leaders engaging with Knowledge Workers. The session will have interesting games for participants to experience the Mindfulness aspects and practically experience sample Mindfulness techniques. The session also covers the neuroscience research, bringing scientific evidence of Mindfulness impacts. I will also share some of the case studies from my own experiences as a Mindfulness practitioner and my engagement as Mindfulness Coach in several organizations.

Learning Outcome

Participants will learn what is Mindfulness, how to use Mindfulness for improving one’s own effectiveness in work,  how to use Mindfulness to build Agile  mindset & culture in the organization.

Target Audience

Practitioners, Managers, Leaders, Coaches, Champions involved in Agile transformation.

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  • Naresh Jain
    By Naresh Jain  ~  7 months ago
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    Hi Vishu,

    This is an important topic, however we could not accommodate a 45 mins session. We've accepted this as a 20 mins session. I'm hoping you would be able to make it work. Thanks.

  • NAMDEV SHENOY
    By NAMDEV SHENOY  ~  8 months ago
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    Hi Vishu,

    I have been hearing this word Mindfulness for some time now but going through your draft PPT, got a little sense of it. Thank You so much for sharing the same. I think Mindfulness is very much needed to live a better life and it can certainly help us to tackle the the day to day challenges at work or otherwise. Again, Thank You. 

    Looking forward to hear you onn this topic, some time soon.

     

    Best wishes

    Namdev

    • Vishweshwar Hegde
      By Vishweshwar Hegde  ~  8 months ago
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      Thanks, Namdev. 

      • Arathi G Rao
        By Arathi G Rao  ~  7 months ago
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        Hi Vishu ,

        This is a great topic, few cents from my side, If I am CEO of a Company, I would ask for 'Recurring Revival Schedules to ensure "Shaping the Culture" around Mindfulness.

        1. In the IT and the corporate world people are already adults and have varied experiences, conducting this program will be a great 'Revival' for us as part of 'Shaping the Culture'. It needs continuous Nourishment of refresher courses time and again, can the program address the 'Recurring Revival' part - as it tends to dwindle down in busy rush life at work

        2. Can this program be proposed to all Higher education institution in atleast schools and colleges as a 'Mandate'. Our future starts from there and it is better to address this nourishment from the "Roots" I recall your passion in contributing to children education and if you need 2 more hands to help on this endevour, please feel free to count on me,

         

         

        • Vishweshwar Hegde
          By Vishweshwar Hegde  ~  7 months ago
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          Thanks Arathi. Valid points. I can bring some points on sustenance aspects in team/organization context, but the other point on education level is out of syllabus from this conference perspective :) . I am actively involved in New Education Policy definition for India being part of the core team from Karnataka where "Managing Self" is introduced as an important component in education at all levels. This can be taken off-line.

           

          Regards

          Vishu

  • Tushar Somaiya
    By Tushar Somaiya  ~  8 months ago
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    Good topic. Couple of observations:

    1. Slides 1 to 12 out of 27 is setting the stage
    2. Slide 13 is about a game on multi-tasking. Can you explain how this relates to EQ or Mindfulness? I guess it drive the point of having focus. How are you going to relate it to agile? Not that it cannot be. Need to know what perspective you bring to the table.
    3. Slide 14 is re-emphasis. Slides from 15 to 18 seems more of advertisement of mindfulness program. Would you mind eliminating these please? I am sure you would agree on the need and importance of keep any conference talk free of publicity. 
    4. Slide 19 talks about 3 mindfulness exercise. Can you please elaborate on what these are and what learning objectives it would drive? 
    5. Slide 20 and 21 seems like a role play on EQ (being aware of own emotions and group emotions). Correct me if I am wrong.
    6. Rest slides are relating mindfulness to agile. 

    Overall, topic is interesting. Specific details on exercises and removing publicity would help.

    • Vishweshwar Hegde
      By Vishweshwar Hegde  ~  8 months ago
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      Hi Tushar,

       

      Thanks for critical review and feedback. Some responses below:

      1. The composition of this session is roughly 20% concepts/theory, 40% games & exercises, 20% case study sharing and 20% elicitation through questions. Though it looks like many slides at certain places, I won't be spending much time on many of the slides - I prefer visual communication through pictures; that's why I use many slides.

      2. Since software happens in mind, engagement of mind is the key imperative for knowledge worker's productivity & quality. Focus, agility, self-managed individuals, role of Scrum Master to remove obstacles, etc. are the connects to this exercise.

      3. These are some case studies of actual work and results. Will see how to present them differently.

      4. Mindfulness is not an intellectual stuff. It needs to be experienced and practiced. These are some sample mindfulness techniques for the participants to get a taste/glimpse of it.

      5. This is another case study of mindfulness used during a difficult conflict situation.

      The draft version was an initial quick dump of thoughts. Have received many good inputs. Presentation will be refined based on these and the further evolution of the thoughts.

      Thanks once again for taking time and effort to write your comments, Tushar.

      Regards

      Vishu

       

       

  • Sharmila Patwardhan
    By Sharmila Patwardhan  ~  8 months ago
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    This is really a great topic and highly recommended I have couple of observations though. I have attended many sessions on EQ and I have also had my team undergo these sessions, e.g. entrepreneur mindset, conflict management etc.

    But the change that I have seen is temporary. I would recommend actions for on-going basis to sustain the mindset.

    Looking forward to hear you.

    • Vishweshwar Hegde
      By Vishweshwar Hegde  ~  8 months ago
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      Thanks Sharmila. I agree with your observation. Typically people tend to fix issues or bring change only at the team level and leave out the management/leadership level & rest of the ecosystem. Then the culture change will not happen in the organization and the fix becomes temporary. 

  • Balaji Ganesh N
    By Balaji Ganesh N  ~  8 months ago
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    Hi Vishu,

    This is a great topic.

    As a practitioner of mindfulness, while I agree on the enhanced EQ and personal well being, I still find it difficult to discern the connect between mindfulness and agile culture building, self organized teams.

    It will be great if you can elaborate on how mindfulness helps with above through some examples.

    Regards,

    Balaji

    • Vishweshwar Hegde
      By Vishweshwar Hegde  ~  8 months ago
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      Hi Balaji,

      Thanks for the input. Yes, the session will cover these aspects.

      Regards

      Vishu

  • Fincy Yousuff
    By Fincy Yousuff  ~  9 months ago
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    Hello Vishu!

    How are you doing today!

    First of all, thank you for posting a proposal this year too! Hoping to meet you during the conference.

    I went through the blog (the link mentioned in your proposal) and it was really intresenting :) .

    Could you please elaborate a little on the activities that you plan on making the participants do? I just wanted to know how the audience would be engaged during the session as the topic sounds more like  a theoretical session. 

    Also, when you can get the slide deck for this topic ready, could you please share it here? A rough draft would also be more than enough. 

    Have a great day ahead!

    Regards,

    Fincy

    • Vishweshwar Hegde
      By Vishweshwar Hegde  ~  8 months ago
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      Hi Fincy,

      Thanks for the review and comments/questions. The composition of this session is roughly 20% concepts/theory, 40% games & exercises, 20% case study sharing and 20% elicitation through questions. It's highly engaging. I will  put up the slides and session structure shortly.

      Thanks

      Vishu

      • Chandan
        By Chandan  ~  8 months ago
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        Hi Vishu,

        Thanks for sharing. 

        In 45 mins session, if I read Mindfulness in net , first 10 mins not much use to me,

        I am finding I will be able get some unique knowledge in next 20-30 mins where you will share Games and Case study where Mindfulness applied practically and team has been realized benifit? 

        BR

        Chandan

        • Vishweshwar Hegde
          By Vishweshwar Hegde  ~  8 months ago
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          Hi Chandan,

          Thanks for the review and comment. Since Mindfulness is a relatively new topic, especially in the corporate and Agile context, I need to give a context in the beginning for the benefit of larger audience, But the large part of the session is experiential and case study/experience sharing . 

          Hope to see you there.

          Regards

          Vishu

    • Vishweshwar Hegde
      By Vishweshwar Hegde  ~  8 months ago
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      Hi Fincy,

      I have uploaded draft ppt. Appreciate any feedback/inputs on that.

      Thanks

      Vishu

      • Fincy Yousuff
        By Fincy Yousuff  ~  8 months ago
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        Hello Vishu,

         

        Thank you so much for taking time to upload a draft ppt! And it looks good! In my perspective, I really liked it that there are activities well placed within the session. The content and idea is well placed for the theme. 

        We will get back to you in case we require any other information. Thank you once again for submitting this proposal!

         

        Have a great day ahead!

         

  • Vani Vasudev
    By Vani Vasudev  ~  8 months ago
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    Looks like a  comprehensive, very well designed session.

     

  • Mahesh Khande
    By Mahesh Khande  ~  8 months ago
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    Excellent topic Agility starts from Mind

  • Anand Murthy Raj
    By Anand Murthy Raj  ~  8 months ago
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    Hi Vishnu,

    What is the practical takeaway of the 45 min session?  I see this as something that needs enormous practice to realize the value you say. There is definitely value in what you say.. but what can be quickly realized in 45 mins that will stay in our mind reminding us to look at your slides and insights to reap the long term fruits 

     

    Regards,

    Anand

    • Vishweshwar Hegde
      By Vishweshwar Hegde  ~  8 months ago
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      Thanks Anand. It's not true that Mindfulness is difficult or takes a long time etc. This session is an experiential session where the participants will experience it then & there. And some of the techniques can be practiced anytime anywhere  And I will be sharing some case studies where people have experienced it even in a short meeting. 

      I invite you to personally experience it :) 

      Regards

      Vishu


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