In this webinar, world famous Megan Reitz describes, using the research evidence, how mindfulness impacts capacities which are considered as vital for leaders. She focuses specifically on skills that are vital in times of crisis and uncertainty, namely resilience, collaboration and focus and agility in complex circumstances. She will also link to her current research on ‘speaking truth to power’ and talk through the role that mindfulness plays in changing ‘conversational habits’ – what gets said and who gets heard – inside the workplace.
Megan Reitz has focused her research and practice over the past 20 years on the way we interact with one another in workplace settings. She guides leaders, teams and organisations to alter the nature of conversation to be more collaborative, fulfilling and creative. Her book ‘Speak Up’ was nominated for CMI Management Book of the Year 2020. It helps navigate power differences so we can speak up with confidence and enable others to find their voice in a way that will be heard. Together with Michael Chaskalson, Megan designed and co-led the world’s first wait-list control trial of an 8-week Mindful Leader programme at Ashridge Hult. She has considerable experience teaching mindfulness to organisational leaders – particularly sceptical ones!
The session will be in English. The regular price for this online webinar is 10 euro.
Members of the International Compassion Community can attend for free via their members page.
7.30-8.30 PM London time
20:30 – 21:30 Amsterdam time
2.30 – 3.30 PM Boston Time
11.30 – 12.30 AM San Francisco Time
4.30-5.30 AM Melbourne Time (June 17)
Simply asking people to ‘speak up’ and encouraging leaders to ‘engage in conversation’ without thoroughly appreciating the impact that power differences – and prevailing social and cultural norms – have on what can be spoken, and what is heard, is naïve at best. At worst it leads to organisational cynicism, as an issue of critical practical importance becomes trivialised into ritualised listening, consultation and training exercises.
The research of Megan Reitz and John Higgins is published in their book Speak Up and in their research reports ‘Being Silenced and Silencing Others (2017) and Speaking Truth to Power at Work (2019). In these publication you’ll read explorative findings from a five-year project into ‘speaking truth to power’ in organisations.
Speaking Up and Listening Up are Relational