Success in any aspect of life can be put down to a winning combination of raw talent, the development of skills and knowledge, and effort. This combination is necessary but not sufficient; the missing element is mindset: The mental attributes of focus, resilience, motivation, confidence and empathy. Until recently, these were thought to be a ‘set point’ in the genes that we were born with. Modern neuroscience has disproved this and whatever our start points, these mental mindset attributes can be enhanced (as with any skill).
Most of us have been trained through the education system or in the workplace in traditional skills, process and methodology. However, there remains a knowing vs doing gap in what to do and the how to do but don’t do the doing consistently or as effectively as we would like. These issues manifest themselves as some generic challenges:
We lack the focus on the key activities that make success happen. Current organisational culture fused with ‘always on’ alert-driven technology means there are many reasons to be distracted and so we default into more comfortable but less productive tasks.
Hierarchy, lack of self-confidence and lack of empathy work together to inhibit our ability to engage in effective communications. This results in issues being fudged and a failure to develop or qualify the full range of options.
We don’t necessarily understand what motivates people and tend to think it’s about money. The reality is that intrinsic motivators such as purpose, autonomy and mastery are potent and result in fulfilled and productive people.
Are we able to bounce back from the well-intentioned mistakes and setbacks we will encounter or do we procrastinate into displacement activities and comfort zones?
Our confidence can be flaky and transient. We can be a victim of imposter syndrome (internalised fear of being exposed as a ‘fraud’), limiting our ability to maximise our true potential. Alternatively, miss apportioned confidence can manifest itself as arrogance, bluster and belligerence.
Impostor syndrome is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and capabilities and has a persistent internalised fear of being exposed as a ‘fraud’.
The Mindset Development Programme has been developed using evidence-based thought leadership in psychologies, behavioural economics, stoic philosophy and neuroscience. The content delivers a set of tools, techniques and mental constructs presented in our recurring themes and mindset skills.
The unique approach of the programme has resulted in its excellent reputation for delivering measurable results. The programme has been utilised by numerous leading companies including blue chips such as VMware, BT, Okta, Dell EMC and CA Technologies through to SMEs in a range of different sectors.
The company was originally formed in 2012 with the content positioned to sales teams. Feedback from many participants was that the content was to sales. In 2020, the Mindset Development Group was formed. Feedback was that the content has been positioned to help us ‘thrive in the challenges of life’:
- Leadership and management roles
- Business development and sales roles
- As a corporate professional
- As a students, (from 7 years onwards) parents and teachers (The Pocket Mentor App)
Feedback over the years has been very supportive, with delegates stating that the workshop is insightful, interesting and positively challenging, and has helped enhance personal effectiveness and mental strength both in and outside the workplace.