Noble Learning Associates

Over the past few months I have been working closely with Ket Patel reflecting on our experiences of the approach organisations currently take when navigating organisational change. Our work has uncovered how challenged Line Managers are as they find themselves caught in between the leader’s desire to change the business for growth and their responsibility to maintain what is currently delivered for the bottom line.

Our work is bringing together some of the best practices in change management and coaching to help line managers better manage the uncertainty and challenges they face.

My work with Ket has led me into further work with Claire Griffin. With her expertise in Mindfulness and Stress Resilience, she supports managers and leaders in how to reduce anxiety and stress, optimising business performance during organisational change and uncertainty.  Mindfulness and stress resilience is a critical tool for managers and leaders to understand, use and promote to sustain the challenges of organisational change and every day stress at work.

The three principles of Change, Coaching and Mindfulness are so intrinsically linked and provide the perfect integrated support for leaders, managers and teams experiencing change in the workplace.  Contact Sue@noblelearning.co.uk to find out more.

Ket Patel, Change Advocate

Ket Patel is the founder of Change Agitators, an organisational change consultancy dedicated to helping organisations develop a culture of adaptability by blending Change Management and Coaching expertise.

Ket is a Change Management Institute Accredited Master Change Practitioner and has over 20 years experience working with small to medium size organisations as they look to scale, grow and modernise their businesses. Working closely with senior managers, Ket and the team at Change Agitators, help unlock organisational adaptability by arming managers with the tools to manage the uncertainty of change for themselves and their teams whilst also acquiring the skills to effectively manage up and avoid falling foul of change fatigue.

Aside from Ket’s passion for change and coaching, his other interests are the practical applications of mathematics and science in everyday life and completely unconnected is a love of all genres of music with a particular soft spot for heavy metal.

Claire Griffin, Mindfulness Trainer

Claire Griffin is the founder of Mindfulness Web, a Mindfulness Training & Coaching Consultancy working with individuals, groups, and businesses. Claire has trained hundreds of people in MBSR and run many Mindfulness workshops and in-company courses especially adapted for the workplace.

Claire holds a Personal Performance Coaching Diploma from the Coaching Academy and she is on the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA) recommended teachers list, the gold standard of Mindfulness teaching in the UK.

Mindfulness and Change

Mindfulness, the practice of being present and fully engaged in the current moment, offers valuable tools for individuals and organizations to navigate and adapt to the rapid and constant changes in the business world. It encourages the development of emotional resilience, help people to improve their concentration and attention and reduces the stress and anxiety that we often feel in the face of change (even welcome change!). It also emphasizes a curious and open approach to experiences – a mindset that aligns with the need for continuous learning in a rapidly changing business world.

Sue’s expertise in coaching people through organisational change, coupled with my experience in training Mindfulness, provides the perfect integrated support for leaders, managers and teams experiencing change in the workplace. Reducing anxiety and stress levels and optimising individual and business performance.

My story

In my previous working life, I had a successful career in recruitment and executive search for digital and data marketing agencies. For more than 25 years I’d been used to the fast-paced agency world and the pressures of running my own business. I was used to heavy workloads, long hours and tight deadlines.

All of which eventually took its toll, and during a period when both my parents became seriously ill, I experienced what I now understand to be chronic anxiety and eventually burnout. It was time to prioritise taking care of myself and regain some emotional balance.

I participated in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course in 2013, which was a life-changing experience for me. Learning the practice of Mindfulness had such a positive impact that I felt I absolutely had to share the benefits of it with others. From my own experience and having listened to so many stories about workplace stress as a recruiter, I particularly wanted to bring this type of training into the business environment.

I qualified as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher with the Mindful Academy Solterreno (MAS) in 2015 and am a Certified MBSR Teacher. I also hold the Certificate of Readiness to Teach Mindfulness in Workplace from the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation (OMF). The OMF is internationally recognised for mindfulness teaching and training, collaborating with Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford since 2007.