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The Importance of Mental Strength in the Workplace


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Mental Strength is important in sports, but it's equally important in the workplace. Discover why Mental Strength is so important in the workplace and how you can develop it for yourself and your team.

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The Importance of Mental Strength in the Workplace

  1. 1. “Success in life is about managed thoughts, focused attention and deliberate action.” Warrior Mind Coach Gregg Swanson – Mental Strength Coach
  2. 2. Recent research indicates up to 25% of an individual’s performance can be attribute to their level of mental strength. Warrior Mind Coach Gregg Swanson – Mental Strength Coach
  3. 3. Mental Strength in the Work Place Warrior Mind Coach Gregg Swanson – Mental Strength Coach
  4. 4. A good deal of the debate on stress has focused on the working environment and its impact on employees. This is an important area for attention, but it is also true that it is possible to place two individuals into the same working environment and to observe that one succumbs to the pressures of stress and one thrives! Warrior Mind Coach
  5. 5. The difference between the two can be explained through the concept of Mental Strength. This explains how individuals develop resilience and an inner drive to succeed. Mental Strength emerges as a key component for individual and organizational performance. Warrior Mind Coach
  6. 6. Applications and research now show that Mental Strength is directly and closely related with: • Performance – explains up to 25% of the variation in performance • Behavior – more engaged, more positive, more “can do” • Well-being – more contentment, better stress management, less bullying • Aspirations - more ambitious, prepared to manage more risk Warrior Mind Coach
  7. 7. Research in the Psychology Department at the University of Hull – under the direction of Dr. Peter Clough Ch. Psych. has identified the four key components of Mental Strength. This research has now been independently validated through studies in Canada, Italy as well as the UK. Warrior Mind Coach
  8. 8. Peter Clough’s work means that we now have: • We are able to define and describe Mental Strength and use it to understand why people perform. • The first psychometric measure which measures an individual’s Mental Strength – it is valid & reliable. • The creation of a Mental Strength Development program - parts of which are validated and parts of which are unique. The result is a complete package which has valuable applications in the social, health, educational and occupational worlds. Warrior Mind Coach
  9. 9. The MTQ48 Mental Strength Questionnaire The four subscales of Mental Strength are called the 4C's: • CONTROL • CHALLENGE • COMMITMENT • CONFIDENCE Warrior Mind Coach
  10. 10. CONTROL Individuals who score high on this scale feel that they are in control of their work and of the environment in which they work. They are capable of exerting more influence on their working environment and are more confident about working in complex or multi-tasked situations. This means for example that, at one end of the scale individuals are able handle lots of things at the same time. At the other end they may only be comfortable handling one thing at a time Warrior Mind Coach
  11. 11. The Two Subcategories in Control Are: CONTROL (EMOTION) - Individuals scoring highly on this scale are better able to control their emotions. They are able to keep anxieties in check and are less likely to reveal their emotional state to other people CONTROL (LIFE) - Individuals scoring higher on this scale are more likely to believe that they control their lives. They feel that their plans will not be thwarted and that they can make a difference. Warrior Mind Coach
  12. 12. COMMITMENT Sometimes described as "stickability", this describes the ability for an individual to carry out tasks successfully despite any problems or obstacles that arise whilst achieving the goal. An individual who scores at the high end of the scale will handle and achieve things to tough unyielding deadlines. Whereas an individual at the other end will need to be free from those kind of demands to achieve their goals. Warrior Mind Coach
  13. 13. The Two Parts to Commitment are: • Will the individual set goals? • Will the individual achieve their goas, that is, will they finish what they start? Warrior Mind Coach
  14. 14. CHALLENGE Describes the extent to which individuals see problems as threats or opportunities. Some will actively seek out challenge and change and will identify these as ways for self- development. Others will perceive problems as threats. So, for example, at one end of the scale we find those who thrive in continually changing environments. At the other end we find those who prefer to minimize their exposure to change and the problems that come with that - and will strongly prefer to work in stable environments. Warrior Mind Coach
  15. 15. The Two Parts of Challenge are: • Does the individual see a challenge or a threat? • Will the individual learn from the challenge no matter the outcome? Warrior Mind Coach
  16. 16. CONFIDENCE Individuals who are high in confidence have the self-belief to successfully complete tasks, which may be considered too difficult by individuals with similar abilities but with lower confidence. Less confident individuals are also likely to be less persistent and to make more errors. Individuals at one end of the scale will be able to take setbacks (externally and self- generated) in their stride. They keep their heads when things go wrong and it may even strengthen their resolve to do something. At the other end individuals will be unsettled by setbacks and will feel undermined by these. Warrior Mind Coach
  17. 17. The Two Subcategories in Confidence are: CONFIDENCE (ABILITIES) - Individuals scoring highly on this scale are more likely to believe that they are a truly worthwhile person. They are less dependent on external validation and are generally more optimistic about life. CONFIDENCE (INTERPERSONAL) - Individuals scoring highly on this scale tend to be more assertive. They are less likely to be intimidated in social settings and are more likely to push themselves forward in groups. They are also better able to cope with difficult or awkward people. Warrior Mind Coach
  18. 18. APPLICATIONS The Mental Strength model and its associated measures and programs have clear applications for any person(s) who work in areas subject to stressors, pressures and challenges. That means many working environments. There are several areas where the model adds considerable value. Warrior Mind Coach
  19. 19. Firstly, it is invaluable in MANAGEMENT/EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT and COACHING – either to help people identify to be more effective in key areas and cope with stressors or to show people how they can. Secondly in ORGANISATION DEVELOPMENT, helping to identify a key aspect of an organization’s culture. Warrior Mind Coach
  20. 20. Finally, as an assessment tool in RECRUITMENT & SELECTION – enabling better fit in a critical area for good job performance. Warrior Mind Coach
  21. 21. 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. Warrior Mind Coach
  22. 22. The MTQ48 The MTQ48 is the best place to begin to determine the current mindset of individuals. MTQ48 is a leading edge psychometric questionnaire measuring Mental Strength. It measures how individuals respond to stressors, pressure and challenges Warrior Mind Coach
  23. 23. Contact Me For more information about the MTQ48 and how it can help improve effectiveness in the work place, as well as work-life satisfaction. Gregg Swanson Warrior Mind Coach