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Mental Toughness Workshops

How to Develop Mental Toughness

Designed specifically to help people develop Mental Toughness; the programme has been developed to create an understanding of what stressors are and how people and groups can best deal with them.

It has benefits for performance improvement, behaviour modification, building confidence and the management of stress.

What is Mental Toughness?

Mental toughness is the quality, which determines in some part how people deal with challenge, stressors and pressure. The term is often associated with sports, and sports psychology, though companies are increasingly employing the discipline to help their employees become more effective and cope with pressure.   There is a very strong link between Mental Toughness issues like Stress Management and Peak Performance Development and behaviour. These are all interrelated.

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Benefits of Mental Toughness Workshops

The key issues around Mental Toughness for individuals are:

  • What causes one person to succumb and another to thrive in the same circumstances?
  • Can we identify people’s strengths and weaknesses in these areas?
  • Can we develop individuals to enable them to handle stressors like change, pressure and challenge more effectively?
  • How can we support individuals better with their specific needs?

By understanding these issues, and applying the principles of Mental Toughness in the workplace, organisations are able to:

  • Develop strategies and tactics to help individuals perform under pressure.
  • Help managers get the best from their people.
  • Recruit more effectively around these key criteria.

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Our Mental Toughness Programmes

The programme can be in a variety of formats . Delivery as a group workshop or on a one-to-one coaching basis. Both formats are supported by a comprehensive workbook, which contains the entire programme content as well as descriptions of tools and techniques.

Broadly the content will include:

  • Understanding mental toughness – What is mental toughness?
  • Putting stressors and challenges into context
  • Tools and techniques for managing stressors and challenges
  • Tools and techniques for coping with stressors and challenges
  • Understanding fatigue and its role in managing pressure
  • Team toughness – the role of teams in managing stressors and challenges
  • Creating plans that work for developing Mental Toughness

The programme makes use of the following tools:

  • Mental Toughness Questionnaire 48 (MTQ48)
  • A personality measure
  • Two fatigue questionnaires (state and trait)
  • Biofeedback equipment and techniques, including GSRII units (Galvanic Skin Response)

Mental Toughness Questionnaire 48 (MTQ 48)

Research carried out by Call of the Wild’s partners AQR and Dr Peter Clough of Hull University has resulted in the development of a reliable and valid questionnaire MTQ48.

MTQ48 provides a reliable and quick assessment of an individual’s ability to withstand pressure in a range of environments. It measures mental toughness in terms of four core components.

  • Control
  • Challenge
  • Commitment
  • Confidence

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MTQ 48 Applications

This tool is particularly applicable for managers at all levels and for staff who are consistently working in a potentially stressful environment. This includes people exposed to change and challenge.

There are three major areas where this innovative measure will add considerable value.

1.Organisational development

Where the organisation and one’s peers/managers become aware of the potential causes of stress and pressure they are more able to plan and to act to minimise their impact.

2. Coaching

Important for personal counselling – either to help people identify and cope with problems or to show people how they can be more effective in key areas.

The challenge lies in identifying what might be the causes of stress and pressure for each individual and to help the individual to become aware of these. Awareness leads to understanding, which, in turn, can lead to positive action – and improved performance.

3. Recruitment and Selection

This enables a better fit with a critical area for good job performance. It is now widely used in Assessment and Development Centres.

Related Books

Mental Toughness: A Champion’s State Of Mind

Ultimate Guide To Mental Toughness

"Experience plus reflection equals learning" - John Dewey