3 Common Mistakes Launching Mindfulness at Work & How to Avoid Them

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The mindfulness initiatives in organizations are met with both excitement and resistance to creating programs in the workplace. There are three ways program facilitators can overcome the three biggest challenges to implementing mindfulness at work. These approaches can include formal and informal strategies to initiate programs. To build momentum and keep an audience engaged includes introducing various mindfulness techniques. Also, internal facilitation and program coordinator required leadership and community building skills, to communicate the benefits of mindfulness and to find creative ways to expand audience outreach.

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Wendy Quan is an industry pioneer in many ways.  We are excited to have her leadership for our Training & Certification program!

With a strong corporate management background in Human Resources, Information Technology, knowledge management and organization change management, she has a deep understanding of how to introduce and grow mindfulness to organizations.  She also specializes in combining change management with mindfulness meditation to help people and organizations through difficult change.  

After her cancer diagnosis in 2010, Wendy’s journey with mindfulness and meditation accelerated.  At that time, she was asked to introduce these practices at her place of employment, Pacific Blue Cross, in Vancouver, Canada.  As their certified organizational change manager, she not only pioneered workplace mindfulness but also found that combining change management with mindfulness meditation produced compelling results that helped employees and the organizational through major change.  

See her award-winning, published white paper “Meditation – a Powerful Change Management Tool”, the case study of how she achieved 25% of Pacific Blue Cross’ employees attending mindfulness sessions and boosted change resiliency through a major transformation.  Results from her “Dealing with Change Mindfulness Meditation Study” unveiled impressive results in helping individuals through difficult change.  

Wendy was the first to train hundreds of facilitators with her very practical approach, which is what you will be experiencing.  This fills an industry gap so experienced meditators can learn the skills and techniques needed to create respected, effective programs without the need to make a significant time and monetary investment in meditation teacher training.  By sharing your own experience with mindfulness meditation and learning these practical skills, you can effectively create a meaningful experience for others. Even those who have taken meditation teacher training find this program complementary for its practical implementation teachings.   

This training program was taught at the Greater Good Science Center’s “Mindfulness & Well-Being at Work” conference in 2015. 

Wendy speaks at top-tier conferences and online summits which has included the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, 2019 Mindfulness@Work Summit, the Mindful Workplace Summit, The World Happiness Summit and the global Association of Change Management Professionals.   Notable past clients include Google, the government of Dubai, University of British Columbia, organizations in high-tech, government, education, healthcare and many individuals who also want to make a positive difference in this world.

Wendy Quan, together with Mindful Leader, aims to provide you with the skills, resources, community and confidence so you can make a difference in people’s lives, in workplaces and communities.  We think you will find Wendy’s expert approach very practical, welcoming and helpful.


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