For Taking the 16 Guidelines into the workplace can have a direct effect on professional productivity and personal performance, especially when combined with mindfulness practice. The 16 Guidelines have also proved a helpful tool for teambuilding, for developing and strengthening a healthy organizational culture, and for resolving misunderstandings and conflict.


In 2010 the CEO of an international B2B company based in London came to the 16 Guidelines team with a request. “The ego of some of my managers is getting in the way of their effectiveness” said the CEO. “Can you design a workshop on humility for them?”

Working in partnership with The Potential Project, an FDCW-recognised programme that specializes in working with organisations, a half-day workshop entitled Humility in the Workplace was designed and delivered to 20 managers from that company at their offices in London. They were so pleased with the results that they hosted a second workshop for their Singapore office.


The goals of the workshop were to help participants:

• Explore the meaning of humility and its importance for company success

• Gain insight into the nature, potential and flexibility of the mind

• Learn tools for analyzing and improving personal management styles

• Strengthen links with other managers in the company

• Create an action plan for themselves and their teams

Humility in the Workplace was grounded in the framework and content of the 16 Guidelines programme, brought together with current scientific findings and disciplines in the areas of neuroplasticity and emotional health, such as servant leadership, emotional intelligence and active listening. It was presented experientially using individual and group exercises followed by discussion and review time designed to integrate new learning into working life.


The advantages and disadvantages of humility

1. The group is divided into pairs. Each pair is given six post-it notes, and is asked to identify three potential advantages and three potential disadvantages of humility in their particular workplace or team, and to write each one on a separate post-it.

2. Each pair joins with another pair to form a group of 4 people. The group discusses the 12 post-it notes they have created, and refines them down to the 6 post-its that they consider most significant and relevant to their workplace.

3. The entire group reconvenes to share and discuss all the post-its. It is important to do this in an environment of trust and confidentiality.

4. The final set of post-its are displayed on a flipchart, and during the tea break each individual is invited to quietly put one or more sticky stars next to the issues that they consider ‘hot topics’ in this particular workplace.

5. After the tea break, a further exercise asks participants to apply these insights to specific situations within their workplace or team, which they have identified as opportunities for increased humility to improve performance and productivity.

What next if you want to use the 16G in your workplace?

Participate in a 16 Guidelines workshop Level 1, BoB and Level 2 yourself. After building confidence and familiarity, you are welcome to share or adapt what you have learned at your workplace.

Request a 16G workshop that is specifically tailored to the needs of your company or workplace by contacting the 16G Programme Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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