Leading With joy – Leveraging the Mind to Achieve Greater Impact
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Today’s executives are increasingly looking for ways in which they can be more engaged in their work and be energized by what they do. Given that people are spending more time at work, a feeling of disconnect with the job can easily erode one’s overall sense of well being. At the other end of the spectrum, when work becomes a calling or like a sport, then one’s job itself can become the high-point of one’s existence. Work can be a vehicle through which one can find deep satisfaction and purpose in life. A key challenge these days, is not merely working for the sake of livelihood, but engaging with work so it energizes and provides a context that adds meaning to one's own identity.
With the growing popularity of positive psychology tools being applied to the organizational context, managing emotions (of oneself and others) is becoming a critical tool for leaders. Emotional Intelligence is increasingly becoming a ‘necessary’ rather than ‘good to have’ skill. As scientists are learning more about the wiring of the brain and the role played in the functioning of the brain by emotions of on self and others (the latter accentuated by the discovery of mirror neurons), organizational scholars are racing to put these findings to use in the corporate world. In this program we will cover a few critical workplace applications of some of the latest findings in positive psychology and neuroscience and discuss ways to use this knowledge to make our own and other’s work experiences more joyful and productive. The basic tenet underlying this course is that happiness and productivity go hand in hand and the presence of one need not preclude the absence of the other
- Cultivate a conscious understanding of mental models and how the brain works
- Get exposed to a basic overview of the field of positive psychology and how happiness at work can increase productivity
- Learn proven techniques to shift the happiness baseline and have greater control on one’s emotional experiences
- Learn about emotional intelligence in the context of self management and leadership
- Learn the fundamentals of appreciative inquiry and its application to organizations and work groups
- Learn ways to manage personal energy and cope with stress more effectively
In the first part of this course we will explore the subjective nature of experienced reality and understand how human beings can process information and thoughts only on the basis of underlying mental models. We will explore some dominant mental models that are held individually as well as collectively in the context of work, business and management. This first part of the program will draw on the latest scientific developments in psychology, neuroscience, and quantum physics so as to enable participants to open up to the possibility that we consciously and sub-consciously co-create the realities that we experience.
In the second part of this program we introduce specific tools and strategies that can be used to become aware of the workings of our own mind and we start building new models and habits that can serve us better in our leadership roles. We explore the fundamentals of the field of positive psychology and learn techniques to shift our happiness baseline so as to gain better control over our own emotional states. Participants will be guided through the fundamentals of appreciative inquiry and emotional intelligence and we will do some in-class exercises on how to use these two powerful concepts in an organizational context. As we go through the exercises we will also discuss the psychological theory that drives appreciative inquiry and emotional intelligence so as to empower the participants to create and experiment with their own exercises in future.
Who should attend
This program will be useful to individuals at any level who are keen on transforming the way they work. Participants who are ready to take responsibility for their experience and progress will benefit the most from this program.