Mindfulness and the Art of Change by Choice: Radical leadership for managing change

Mindfulness and the Art of Change by Choice: Radical leadership for managing change

by Philip Cox-Hynd


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Mindfulness changes your brain in 8 weeks. It's linked to increased employee job performance ratings. As a form of meta-awareness or self-observation, it affects reasoning and decision-making. It also increases readiness to take greater responsibility at work, and it helps people respond calmly rather than react defensively. The boost it gives to results can come as no surprise.

Mindfulness has also been associated with a reduction in stress and anxiety. These are emotions that arise when you change management culture, working processes, structure and strategy. Such feelings can seriously hamper progress if not handled correctly.

In this book Philip Cox-Hynd lays out his mindfulness-led methodology for smoothly managing change both in what is done (strategy and processes) and in how it's done (mindset and culture). He explains in detail how to display the kind of radical leadership that results in your colleagues driving change with the fervour of a hunter who has caught scent of the quarry and the astuteness that mindfulness brings.

He uses case histories such as Pfizer where he was the lead change consultant on the Viagra project, helping to get Viagra to market nine months ahead of schedule. He also talks about Ella’s Kitchen, the baby and toddler food company. He reveals how he used a technique he calls "orchestrated disruption" to enable staff to own, drive and even seek accountability for the change-for-growth programme that led to the very successful sale of the company.

This book is for CEOs and C-Suite Executives who want to manage change with the full and active support of their colleagues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784520960
Publisher: Panoma Press Limited
Publication date: 01/12/2017
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Born in Birmingham, into a Methodist household, Philip led a diverse life, from joining the Moonies cult at 16, briefly working in retail, to training then working as a professional actor for 10 years. He then switched from acting to facilitating, spending five years leading large personal development seminars to the public. This led to an invitation to take his brand of development into businesses in 1989, when he co-founded the change implementation consultancy Harley Young. Since then, Philip has striven to understand, via the many corporate change programs he designed and delivered, what makes change stick. Philip’s work as a lecturer, coach and consultant has been greatly illuminated by his practice of Vipassana meditation, the Buddhist mind discipline that gave rise to Mindfulness, which Philip teaches as a key part of his work.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 A context for 'choice'
Chapter 2 The psychology of change: Three KEY principles
Chapter 3 Two main types of change: prescriptive and organic
Chapter 4 Change is a contact sport
Chapter 5 Managing people takes time. Mindful change takes time
Chapter 6 Be mindful in your change, walk your talk
Chapter 7 What stops us 'being' our change?

Introduction to Part Two
Chapter 8 There's no 'silver bullet'; Change is realised by doing many small things
Chapter 9 Implementing mindful change: Introducing the outline of the five golden rules
Chapter 10 The first golden rule: Vision for change
Chapter 11 The second golden rule: Power
Chapter 12 The third golden rule: Engagement
Chapter 13 The fourth golden rule: Involvement
Chapter 14 The fifth golden rule: Measurement
Chapter 15 Conclusions: summarising Mindfulness and the Art of Change by Choice
Final thoughts
Appendix: A summary of the main points of the book
About the author

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