Hello! Taanishi!
Welcome to The Mindful Managers a space that is devoted to workplace spirituality, increasing employee well-being and decolonizing business. Mindful Managers was created as a result of completing my masters degree in leadership with my research focused on workplace spirituality. As part of reclaiming my Metis heritage I conducted my research in collaboration with the Raven Institute led by two incredible Metis leaders. In part of honouring my Metis culture, I included the Metis infinity symbol in the logo for Mindful Managers. 
 
In alignment with Indigenous world views, it is my belief that if organizations embraced spirituality it encourages employees to bring their holistic and authentic selves to work: mind, body, emotion and spirit. My vision is to help bring awareness and guide organizations to embracing spirituality in order to increase love, joy, compassion, equity and empathy in the workplace and bring much needed healing to the planet.
Workplace spirituality is also deeply connected to social justice - because spirituality is restricted and inhibited when racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, ableism,  classism and other forms of oppression and marginalization is present. Therefore, if organizations want to enable workplace spirituality, they first need to address inequalities. 

Championing workplace spirituality can be done through:

 
*Diversity, equity & inclusion practices (e.g. inviting folks to create connection to self by understanding privileges; inviting folks to create connection to others by understanding in what ways they may be marginalized)
*Decolonizing business (e.g. inviting folks to create connection to self and others by understanding how they're upholding or dismantling colonial systems)
*Holding space for brave conversations 
*Enabling authentic connections to self and others
*Wellness and well-being initiatives (e.g. breathing exercises; gym passes; yoga time-outs; providing access to mental health supports)  
*Encouraging connection to nature (e.g. team walks!)


As Chief Seattle said: "Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together."
If you are a heart-centred, mindful manager or leader and believe that people should be encouraged to bring their holistic selves to work while also advocating for social justice then you are in the right place.
I am honoured you are here. You are welcome to explore, interact, engage and reflect.

All my relations.

-Vanessa Lesperance

Researcher | Facilitator | Speaker