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Publication date: 7 March 2019

Jonathan Passmore

The purpose of this paper is to explore the application of mindfulness in organizational development and provide a useful guide for practitioners in their work as…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the application of mindfulness in organizational development and provide a useful guide for practitioners in their work as managers, consultants and coaches.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper offers practical applications of mindfulness in organizations, specifically its use in leadership development, organizational wellbeing and coaching.

Findings

The paper notes a variety of ways in which mindfulness can be applied. While it recognizes that the research into the application of mindfulness at work is under developed, it suggests that through applied organizational research our understanding of its value to employees and organizations can be enhanced.

Practical implications

The paper provides insights drawn from practice that can be applied by HR practitioners or consultants addressing modern organizational challenges from workplace stress to developing leaders with greater situational awareness and empathy.

Originality/value

The paper is distinctive in providing a strong practitioners focus and from broadening the inquiry from the individual toward considering organizational benefits that may be obtained from workplace mindfulness programs.

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Industrial and Commercial Training, vol. 51 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0019-7858

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Publication date: 9 July 2020

Stephanie Wheeler, Jonathan Passmore and Richard Gold

Collaboration and psychological safety are key factors to effective teams. LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® (LSP) has emerged over the past decade as a development tool used in both…

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Purpose

Collaboration and psychological safety are key factors to effective teams. LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® (LSP) has emerged over the past decade as a development tool used in both educational and workplace settings for a range of purposes. In this study, the authors sought to investigate the impact of the experience of participating in a LSP away-day on the collaboration and psychological safety of the participants.

Design/methodology/approach

In this study the subjective experience of participants of LSP workshop awaydays using a coaching approach were examined through interpretative phenomenological analysis. Members of two teams were invited to participate in team awaydays and approximately six weeks later, they were invited to share their reflections on the experience and its impact on team relationships and team performance.

Findings

The interviews revealed that participants' felt experience of engaging with LSP was positive, created closer bonds within the team and a better understanding of each other and the challenges which the team were facing. Participants reported a tangible change in the way they are collaborating and engaging not only just with fellow participants but also with other colleagues.

Originality/value

The experience of the participants in this study supports the view that LSP can have a positive role to play in developing psychological safety and collaboration in organisational teams and that there was a lasting impact on group norms which was sustained after the event.

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Journal of Work-Applied Management, vol. 12 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2205-2062

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Publication date: 16 January 2019

Jonathan Passmore

The purpose of this paper is to explore the growing science and application of mindfulness as an intervention within organizations.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the growing science and application of mindfulness as an intervention within organizations.

Design/methodology/approach

This is the first in a pair of papers exploring the science and application of mindfulness in organizations. The first section of the paper provides a brief review of the research into mindfulness and its perceived benefits from a health perspective. In the second section, the author considers the neurobiological mechanisms behind mindfulness meditation, before finally considering the organizational research and the limitations of mindfulness at work research.

Findings

The paper notes that while there has been considerable research into health outcomes, organizational mindfulness research is still developing a comprehensive case for the wide-scale application of mindfulness.

Research limitations/implications

The paper calls for greater research into organizational mindfulness interventions through collaborations between organizations and consultants.

Practical implications

The paper calls for organizations to adopt an evidence-led approach to using mindfulness and evaluate its impact on employees and organizational performance.

Originality/value

The paper provides a starting point for trainers and organizational development professionals to take stock and consider how mindfulness can be employed as a tool for the benefit of organizations.

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Industrial and Commercial Training, vol. 51 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0019-7858

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Publication date: 31 August 2010

Interview by Juliet Norton

The purpose of this paper is to provide an interview with Dr Jonathan Passmore, one of the UK's leading coaches. He is a chartered occupational psychologist, an accredited

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an interview with Dr Jonathan Passmore, one of the UK's leading coaches. He is a chartered occupational psychologist, an accredited AC coach, a coaching supervisor and fellow of the CIPD.

Design/methodology/approach

This briefing is prepared by an independent interviewer.

Findings

In this interview, Jonathan discusses the Association for Coaching's series of books on the topic of coaching, in particular, the most recent publication in the series: “Leadership Coaching”, which examines the models and techniques used to develop greater leadership in others through a coaching relationship.

Practical implications

Provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world's leading organizations.

Originality/value

Before training as a psychologist, Jonathan worked in several senior management roles in the private, public and voluntary sector at board level. In this interview, he draws on his experiences both as an occupational psychologist and leadership coach, providing some interesting insights into the dilemmas and challenges which leader managers' face.

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Human Resource Management International Digest, vol. 18 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0967-0734

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Publication date: 1 October 2007

Jan Walmsley

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International Journal of Leadership in Public Services, vol. 3 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1747-9886

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Publication date: 1 September 2006

Jonathan Passmore

Executive coaching has become a popular leadership development tool over the past decade. To be effective, coaches need to reflect on the lessons from counselling research…

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Executive coaching has become a popular leadership development tool over the past decade. To be effective, coaches need to reflect on the lessons from counselling research from the past four decades and on the emerging coaching research to develop coaching models that are evidenced based.

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International Journal of Leadership in Public Services, vol. 2 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1747-9886

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Publication date: 1 December 2007

Jonathan Passmore

This paper reviews the growth in partnership working in public services and the associated demand for new forms of leadership in the public sector which respond to the…

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This paper reviews the growth in partnership working in public services and the associated demand for new forms of leadership in the public sector which respond to the different and more complex relationships within UK public services. These new demands require public sector managers to develop new skills for managing across organisational boundaries and in environments with multiple social goals and multiple stakeholders. The paper moves on to review the development of a new leadership questionnaire, which aims to help leaders reflect on their own leadership style and how they can strengthen their leadership within these emerging partnership settings.

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International Journal of Leadership in Public Services, vol. 3 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1747-9886

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Publication date: 1 March 2006

Jonathan Passmore

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International Journal of Leadership in Public Services, vol. 2 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1747-9886

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Human Resource Management International Digest, vol. 18 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0967-0734

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Publication date: 2 November 2012

Jonathan Passmore and Claire Townsend

The purpose of this paper is to explore the potential value of coaching as a learning method for driver development within police blue light environments.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the potential value of coaching as a learning method for driver development within police blue light environments.

Design/methodology/approach

An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) study was undertaken with a sample of participants who had attended a five‐day coaching skills programme run for the Metropolitan Police Driving School, UK advanced driving instructors and a sample of police driving trainees who had been taught using a coaching approach.

Findings

The results indicate that the instructors who had taken part in the coaching training identified coaching as being of value in their work with developing advanced driving skills, specifically in raising awareness of police drivers and reducing drivers’ risk‐taking behaviour. The trainees indicated that they saw coaching as being of value in their learning in areas such as increased flexibility of approach and a focus on the relationship between attitude and driver behaviour.

Research limitations/implications

The study suggested positive benefits based on the experiences of this small sample of police driving instructors and police trainees. As a result, the UK's Association for Chief Police Officers (ACPO) is reviewing the role of coaching for wider application in driver training and for further research on the wider application of coaching as a learning methodology.

Originality/value

This is the first empirical study of the application of coaching in a blue light and police driving environment. While further research is required into the impact on safety, the paper suggests coaching may be a useful learning approach to police driver training.

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Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, vol. 35 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1363-951X

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