Leaders have been charged with very challenging objectives right now. Not only do they need to keep their companies afloat during this Pandemic, but also manage virtual teams around the globe. And today - more than ever - you need to know how to reduce stress for them and yourself.
There are many resources available to employees still working and managers are doing an admirable job keeping their staff engaged and empowered while working from home.
The question is 'Who is supporting YOU?'
They say it's lonely at the top - but it doesn't have to be that way. Dr. Ellen will work with you individually to identify your stress triggers and symptoms, and then create a personalized stress management program for you.
Ellen uses the SMQ Assessment, now certified by the American Institute of Stress. She will coach you to incorporate different coping skills that will help decrease stress and move toward a more healthy and productive life.
“The SMQ helped me know myself a lot better. I’m a better manager because of that.” - Director, State of Arizona
“I told everyone [on the Board of Directors] that I felt the Stress Master [Program] is the center pin for the work we want to do." D.R. Director - A Large Non-Profit Organization
“I would just like to recommend the Stress Mastery Questionnaire (SMQ) as a key organizational tool to help employers to effectively identify and help manage stress within the workplace.” Carlos N (CitiBanamex)
"I think the SMQ has been a great educational tool in realizing that stress is more of an enemy of productivity (professionally and personally) then they had previously believed." Chris (Speedway, LLC)
I work with a select number of executives at a time to ensure you receive dedicated One-on-One Support.
If you would like more information on how leadership coaching can be beneficial to you and your team, please call for a free consultation.
My Mission & Passion is to help you and your organization succeed!
There is a leadership crisis in our country today. Leaders are saying they are not being the effective leader they want to be, to support their people, to support their organizations.
The traditional time management and performance enhancement training just doesn't work anymore. Leaders and staff are still overwhelmed and never have enough time to get caught up.
Mindfulness training is the one thing that will not only give people more focus and clarity, but will yield a huge ROI in productivity, improved relationships, and efficiency.
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, non-judgemental lens.
Practicing mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment.
When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
There is more than one way to practice mindfulness, but the goal of any mindfulness technique is to achieve a state of alert, focused relaxation by deliberately paying attention to thoughts and sensations without judgment. This allows the mind to refocus on the present moment allowing yourself to be more productive.
Some key components of practicing mindfulness according to Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program are:
Mindfulness can also help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties.
According to research, Mindfulness has been identified as 1 of 3 soft skills necessary for effective leadership. The most successful and effective leader is no longer the one who had the smartest strategy. They see mindfulness as a strategic imperative to improve performance.
A mindful leader embodies leadership presence by cultivating focus, clarity, creativity, and compassion in the services of others. Leadership presence is a tangible quality that requires full and complete nonjudgmental attention in the present moment. Those around a mindful leader see and feel that presence.
One senior leader from a global consulting firm said of mindfulness training,
“I don’t have any other choice, so maybe I’ll train my mind to be a little bit more calm, so that, at least from an internal perspective, I can find a little bit more peace, a little bit more focus, a little bit more clarity, so that maybe then that will actually help me, because the chaos is going to continue, and it’s gonna probably get worse.”
The practice of Mindful Leadership gives you tools to measure and manage your life as you're living it. It teaches you to pay attention to the present moment, recognizing your feelings and emotions and keeping them under control, especially when faced with highly stressful situations.
Mindful leadership means trying to lead without ego and being willing to put the interest of others before ourselves. If you want to develop into a mindful leader, here are five traits you should focus on.
Contact us for a complimentary session and to learn how to bring mindfulness to your workplace.
All of our programs are available in a virtual training format. We use Webex, Zoom, GoToMeeting, Adobe, Teams or your own specific platform.
We provide an outlet to discuss 'hot-topics', share concerns, and ask questions in a safe and confidential space.
Schedule phone or virtual private confidential conversations for anyone in your organization on personal and professional issues or concerns.
We will come onsite to your organization and deliver customized programs in 1-hour, 2-hours, half-day, or full day formats.
Our team-building programs encompass both fun and creative activities and serious conflict resolution management strategies to strengthen team cohesiveness.
We have relationships with multiple EAP providers, healthcare organizations, and other programs to provide resources and recommendations.
Dr. Ellen Contente is by far the best trainer I have had the experience of working with. She was able to really connect with the team, provided rich exercises and discussion and delivered a superb training experience overall.
Dr. Contente facilitated seminars for our Fortune 100 clients. She is a consummate professional delivering an exceptional training for the client. She has excellent customer relations instincts. I can recommend her without any reservations.
I have used Dr. Contente for a variety of training's. Our staff really enjoy how she presents and makes the topics fun and informative. She is easy to work with and works with me to customizes her training to our environment and participants.
I have worked with Dr. Ellen Contente for over five years in her role as a corporate trainer. She is a trainer's trainer - she puts her heart and soul into her training and clients routinely ask for her to return. She weaves just the right amount of personal stories and expertise into her seminars, while engaging the audience in a compassionate and thoughtful way.
Dr. Ellen Contente has facilitated several employee workshops for Western which center around topics including respect in the workplace, how to manage change, and diversity and inclusion. Her presentations are relevant and up-to-date and very thought provoking which lends to active staff engagement. I highly recommend Dr. Contente to bring her specialty heart-centered program workshops to your organization. You won't be disappointed.
Pacific Oaks College has worked with Ellen Contente for our staff and students. She has conducted several workshops from categories of Personal Development and Behavioral Health and Wellness. She is very well versed and knowledgeable of the topics. She is passionate about the work she does and we can see it through her presentations.
"I just attended a workshop facilitated by Ellen Contente for the City of Los Angeles. She was AWESOME! Very engaging with a great energy. The participants really liked her and the 'Wellness Committee' complimented her style. She is their go-to trainer for all their Wellness topics; Fitness, Healthy Living, Mindfulness, Managing Stress and others."
"This workshop was a great hit! Part I was so effective we already have had some powerful action items develop. For example, the group is committed to starting our first LAMC Collegiality Club for Staff and Faculty. Counseling will host the first activity of coffee and doughnuts sometime this month and then Financial Aid will do the 2nd one in December. The plan is to rotate it among different departments to give us all a chance to build relationship and network and show appreciation. This was all possible thanks to the wonderful facilitation of Dr. Contente.