Making sense of work

Ep. #58 The Power of Mindfulness and Presence with Helen Williams

To truly change the culture at a workplace, we must embark on an inner journey of self-transformation, and mindfulness. As the saying goes, “If you want to change the world, first change yourself.” But how can we cultivate self-kindness, self-compassion, and self-empathetic awareness so that these qualities can radiate toward others?

In order for empathy to flow from the top down, it is crucial to equip leaders with the tools of mindfulness and self-awareness. By guiding leaders to understand the depths of their own hearts, they can effectively embody the qualities they wish to see in others.

Join Helen Williams, mindfulness coach, Emirates Woman, Woman of the Year, and  50 Most Inspirational Women of the UAE as she shares the power of cultivating mindfulness and presence from within. 

Jean and Helen discuss: 

– What if the word “Stress” ceased to exist in our vocabulary? 

– How does mindfulness help us in our working lives?

– How can leaders bring mindfulness into the workplace?

– Different types of mindfulness that help with stillness 

Meet Helen Williams 

Helen Williams is a New Zealander with a lifetime’s experience in personal and self-development, spiritual direction and in training people from all walks of life in her chosen field of Mindfulness and Meditation. Helen was awarded Emirates Woman, Woman of the Year for her visionary work in the field of personal development in 2014 and in 2017 was honoured as one of the 50 Most Inspirational Women of the UAE by Stylist Arabia as well as one of Arabian Business’s 100 Most Influential People in Dubai.

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A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose :

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself:

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by Jean Balfour | Season 2, Episode 58

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How’s Work at the Moment? We all work – and yet we often struggle with work. Even very ambitious people find parts of work difficult.

We explore everything to do with our working lives, starting with how do we find our purpose, how do make sense of our organisations and what is the Great Resignation?

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jean balfour

Born in New Zealand, Jean Balfour is an accredited coach with 20 over years of experience in coaching individuals and organisations globally and across a range of sectors, including financial services, engineering, health, IT and professional services. She believes business success is driven by effective leaders who are self-aware and committed to their own growth and behaviour change.

She first founded Bailey Balfour in London, UK, in 2001 to support individuals and organisations in building meaningful relationships and to develop strong and compassionate leaders. Jean believes that coaching changes both work and personal lives. Clients often talk about how listening more both in their professional and personal life was transformative to their relationships and the quality of their work.

Jean has an MSc in Organisation Consulting from Ashridge Business School, a Post Grad Diploma in Human Resource Development, and is an Ashridge Accredited Executive Coach. She is accredited and experienced in the application of a wide range of psychometric tools, including Hogan and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® step 1 & 2. Jean is a member of the ICF and is MCC accredited.

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