Mark Leonard is a pioneer in the field of applying mindfulness to social and organisational change. He played a key role in establishing the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and went on to developed an evidence-based, ‘social mindfulness’ programme for hospital staff. This programme is now being delivered virtually with very good results as an OD intervention – building a culture of connection for teams working remotely.
As Course Designer and Lead Practitioner for Mindfulness Connected, I provided a series of programmes for staff at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (ROH), Birmingham in late 2016. Researchers carried out a wait-list controlled trial and recorded statistically significant improvements in Basic Psychological Needs at Work Scale (BPNWS), Five Factor Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ) and Perceived Stress Scale (PSS).
Paper published: Mindfulness-Based Organisational Education (MBOE): an Evaluation of a Mindfulness Course Delivered to Employees at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital has been published online in the Springer journal, Mindfulness, see below. This makes MBOE one of a small number of programmes subject to trial in the workplace and, if not the first, one of the first to apply a social model of mindfulness with an explicit intention to bring about systemic change in organisational culture.
We are now successfully providing virtual social mindfulness programmes for organisations via Zoom. We have found that the structured nature of the MBOE programme converts very well to an online conferencing platform – breakout rooms effectively reproduce face-to-face interaction in group work.