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Our Approach

All our coaching and training programmes are based on a unique distillation of several models, including coaching, positive psychology and mindfulness.

Unlike many coaching and training models, our highly effective, no-nonsense approach combines simplicity with depth – cutting through complex theories of personal and professional development, which often just cloud the way. 

As mindfulness goes mainstream, lots of people are keen to tell you what it is. This short film cuts through the noise to get to the heart of mindfulness, and gives a flavour of our sometimes (attempted) comic take on the matter!

Our focus instead is on enabling people to see clearly their true values, drivers and capacities – and what might be stopping them from being fully activated. We then encourage pragmatic action based on these insights to have immediate impact in their lives and work.

In particular, we’ve seen countless times how mindfulness is often the ‘X factor’ in our programmes’ impact. Mindfulness has been shown in clinical studies to lead to significant improvements in performance (focus, concentration and productivity); cognitive functioning (learning, memory, creative problem solving); wellbeing (calm & emotional positivity); and relationship skills (emotional intelligence, communication).

We have developed a highly effective and simplified ABC mindfulness model for our training:

Awareness: of your mind/body experience, grounding yourself, and creating space for reflection

Being with your experience: allowing your brain and body to process your thoughts and emotions

Choosing wise responses: accessing your wise mind to make good decisions

Our model of change and development

Our coaching and training programmes are always tailored to you or your organisation’s needs. But we’ve noticed a common four-step process of change and development that our approach facilitates. It’s not always as linear as this, but usually encompasses some or all of the following:

1. Inner leadership: Cultivating resilience; managing stress; getting organised; thinking clearly


2. Strengths-based awareness:  Developing deep appreciation of your true values, strengths, and motivators


3. Outer leadership: Building strong relationships; influencing; managing people; delegation; team cohesion



4. Action: Developing and implement clear action plans that move you, your team or organisation towards your goals


“Rising Minds’ mindfulness-based resilience training proved to be highly effective in helping participants to deal more effectively with the everyday challenges and stresses of working life at a local authority. The feedback – about the trainer’s mastery of the subject, his training style, and sensitivity with participants – was excellent. Rising Minds were very easy and enjoyable to work with: they really got what we were trying to achieve with the training, and were always very responsive to our needs. I’d highly recommend Rising Minds as trainers and coaches, and as an organisation to partner with professionally.” 
Jules Potter, Head of Organisational Development, Slough Borough Council
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