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Working with Mindfulness
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About the authors Authors' acknowledgements Publisher's acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1 - Using Mindfulness at Work Chapter 2 - Improve Focus and Productivity Chapter 3 - Boost Confidence Chapter 4 - Get Creative Chapter 5 - Succeed in Teams Chapter 6 - Maintain Peak Performance Chapter 7 - Build a Healthier Business Chapter 8 - Mindfulness Here and Now Notes and references Recommended Reading Further Useful Resources Index

About the Author

Dr Michael Sinclair is a Consultant Counselling Psychologist and the Clinical Director of City Psychology Group (CPG) in London, UK. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council as well as a Chartered Scientist, registered with the Science Council, UK. He has provided the highest quality psychological interventions, including therapy and coaching, to individuals, couples, families, groups and teams for over 16 years. He acts as the consultant to a growing number of corporate human resources and occupational health departments based in the City of London as well as internationally, assisting with employees' stress management and productivity, and provides corporate training to leadership teams and key executives working across a range of industries within both the private and public sector. With his approach firmly rooted in contextual behavioural science, he has expertise in delivering a range of evidenced-based mindfulness interventions and has been trained in the USA by the pioneers of the mindfulness-based approach, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He has been dedicated to his own mindfulness practice for over 10 years. He regularly provides mindfulness workshops to both corporate as well as large public audiences and is actively involved in teaching mindfulness to psychologists as well as other health professionals. He has published a range of self-help books as well as academic papers on his research and practice. He appears frequently in the media where he provides commentary on psychological health and mindfulness in the workplace as well as in life more generally. Josie Seydel is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Certified Mindfulness Teacher (with The Mindfulness Training Institute). She has been practicing meditation since 1986. She has extensive experience providing effective mindfulness based psychological therapy to corporate executives and assisting occupational health departments in managing workplace stress. Her other areas of specialist clinical practice include working with eating disorders, adolescents, self-harm and suicide. She has experience designing and delivering innovative, engaging and high quality mindfulness workshops to public audiences as well as regularly facilitating mindfulness practice groups. Along with her work as a Clinical Associate at City Psychology Group, she also runs a thriving private practice in Devon, UK.

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'Working with Mindfulness is an engaging and practical guide to reducing stress, transcending setbacks and enhancing performance at work. With more than 50 mindfulness exercises, it's a perfect introduction to a more fulfilling way of working.' Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post and author of The Sleep Revolution 'Working with Mindfulness is a practical guide for working people about how to reduce individual stress by doing a number of simple exercises while at work. It is well written, simple to follow and can make a difference to you and your colleagues to cope with pressures of the modern workplace." Professor Sir Cary Cooper, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester 'Mindfulness and compassion can help us create better lives and more creative and collaborative workplaces. This fun and intensely pragmatic book shows us how.' Russell Kolts, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, Eastern Washington University and Author of Living with an Open Heart 'Excellent book with extensive information and practical guidance to help you clearly learn and understand how to use mindfulness at work.' JP Dallmann, International Banker and Author, Specialist in Business and People Transformation, Leadership and Innovation, VCC UK 'The delightfully accessible style of this book reveals profound and transformative truths. It will guide you in direct mindfulness practices, while also skilfully addressing important areas such as ethics at work and scientific evidence for mindfulness. Michael and Josie manage to inspire without intimidating, and to teach without preaching, in their guide for waking up at work.' Martin Aylward, Founding Teacher, MindfulnessTrainingInstitute.com 'Practical, engaging, and fun to read, this book is a comprehensive guide to the benefits of mindfulness at work.' Ruth Baer, Professor of Psychology, University of Kentucky 'Working with Mindfulness is a wonderfully pragmatic book full of down-to-earth-easy-to-use ways to bring the power of mindfulness into the workplace. If every business got this book and used it, the world would be a much better place.' Kevin L. Polk, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and ACT Matrix Trainer, The Psychological Flexibility Group 'An excellent practical guide to managing stress in the workplace and beyond.' Martin Zetter, former Senior Economist, Macfarlanes 'Perfectly shows how busy workers can easily use mindfulness skills, in order to improve their health and productivity. Mindfulness can sometimes seem otherworldly, but this book shows how people can easily use and apply these key skills without interrupting the demands of their daily lives'. Frank W. Bond, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Management, Director of the Institute of Management Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London 'Full of fresh, no-nonsense advice. If you care about the health, wellbeing and happiness of your team and are passionate about increasing their loyalty, confidence and success you can't afford to not to read this book. I learnt so much.' Gina Ritchie, Buying Director, Liberty Ltd 'Combining the burgeoning evidence base from mindfulness research with cutting edge insights from contextual behavioural science, (ACT) this book will convince both boardroom strategist and beleaguered workplace warrior - especially when they engage with the copious suggestions for personal practice - that mindfulness at work addresses both bottom lines: productivity and well-being.' Martin Wilks, Chartered Psychologist, Mindfulness Teacher & Peer-Reviewed ACT Trainer

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