Compassionate Conversations for Building a Compassionate Culture

  • 22 November 2018; 09:30 to 16:30; Venue: Holiday Inn Cambridge, Lakeview, Bridge road, Impington, Cambridge CB24 9PH, book your place here
  • 26 November 2018; 9:30 to 16:30; Venue: Novotel Stevenage, Stevenage Road, Knebworth, Stevenage SG1 2AX, book your place here

This workshop is a chance for you to explore and learn how compassionate conversations can support the development of compassionate cultures. It’s a chance to explore, understand and practice ways to put compassion at the heart of how we connect with others, compassionate enabling us to speak truthfully without malice; to engage with emotive situations with clarity; and empower others to take action. By transforming reactive communication we learn how to communicate with compassion and authenticity.

Aims and Objectives

By the end of the day you will have had an opportunity to explore, better understand and
have practiced compassionate communication, including:

  • Understanding the principles of compassionate communication and how these can be applied in your everyday conversations
  • Being aware of your personal triggers and reactivity and the value of self-empathy and self-compassion as a way of creating the space to remain present and connected
  • Exploring and practicing compassionate deep listening
  • Exploring and practicing authentic self-expression and the ability to stay connected and present in difficult situations
  • Exploring how the learning can be applied in personal everyday situations and different leadership contexts

Cultural Wisdom: A Mindful Approach to Leading on Diversity and Inclusion:

  • 23 October 2018; 09:30 to 16:30; Venue: The Red Lion, Station Road, Whittlesford, Cambridge, CB22 4NL, book your place here
  • 23 November 2018; 09:30 to 16:30; Venue: Novotel Stansted Airport, Round Coppice Road, Stansted CM24 1SF, book your place here

This workshop is a chance for you to explore and learn how to adopt a compassionate approach to inclusion, diversity and unconscious bias; gently supporting your capacity to remain engaged with relevant diversity and inclusion topics, and bring your full human experience into the process. It’s a chance to deepen and broaden your understanding of contemporary diversity issues through the lens of cultural wisdom. It is through these deeper insights we learn how to act with compassion and authenticity, as well as knowing how best to shine a spotlight on the root causes of inequity and injustice.

Aims and Objectives

By the end of the day you will have had an opportunity to explore, better understand and
have practiced ways to promote and engage in compassionate approaches to inclusion and
diversity, including:

  • Understanding how cultural wisdom differs from cultural awareness, intelligence and competence
  • Awareness of the qualities of cultural wisdom
  • Having an experiential understanding of different approaches to developing cultural wisdom
  • Understanding how cultural wisdom can be cultivated through mindfulness and compassion-based practices
  • Being introduced to mindfulness based approaches to inclusion that can be applied in the workplace

Leadership and Motivation training coming soon, dates to be advised


To briefly discuss different styles of leadership, and explore what works for you and those you lead.
To explore the four facets of Positive Leadership from the emerging field of Positive Psychology.
To gain an appreciation of different motivating factors, how to motivate yourself and others to achieve the most effective results.
To explore the feedback imperative and mindsets.
Including, what is the 5:1 ratio and why it is so important? How do you give both positive and developmental (or difficult!) feedback effectively? As a leader, how can you help others develop a growth mindset?

Pre work

Optional – some useful YouTube videos:

If you would like to refresh your knowledge on basic leadership styles this video could be useful
An interesting view on leadership from a submarine captain
The surprising truth about what motivates us: