Professor Derek Mowbray defines resilience as ‘the capacity to maintain personal control and robust attitudes on the face of challenging events and behaviours’.

To try and avoid some of the difficulties associated with stress at work, we can explore how to strengthen our own personal resilience.

Our programme recognises that resilience is different for everyone.  We experience it differently, therefore one development solution is not right for all.

There’s no requirement to complete a given number of modules – you can select as many or as few as you feel you need. More specific information on what’s covered and how you’ll benefit from completing a module is detailed below.

Fit For Purpose: The Essential Business Training Programme

 

Fit For Purpose: The Modules

Self-Awareness

How to get the best from your greatest asset – yourself!

What is Self-Awareness about?

When you know yourself better, you’re better equipped to know and deal with others, adapt to different situations and play to your natural strengths. In Self-Awareness, we’ll help increase your awareness of your own personality traits, thinking style and motivation patterns as well as your ability to deal with tension and stress.

What can you expect?

Self-Awareness is an informal workshop, and you’ll be able to explore aspects of your personal ‘style’ and the challenges and opportunities it gives you.

What will you take away from the workshop?

  • A more positive view of yourself
  • Different ways to handle your emotions
  • Improved self-awareness
  • Better thinking habits
  • A range of activities to increase positive self-awareness for better health and relationships

Determination

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will”

Mahatma Gandhi

What is Determination about?

When you’re operating from your core values you’re more likely to be determined to see things through, even when the going get tough. And when you base your thoughts and actions on personal values and drivers you’re more likely to be able to face everyday challenges resiliently. The Determination workshop will help you clarify both your personal values and your personal drivers, and identify how you can use them successfully to help you achieve your goals.

What will you take away from the workshop?

  • an appreciation of the importance of determination in personal resilience
  • clarity about your own personal values, drivers and motivations
  • strategies for keeping your levels of determination strong, even in challenging circumstances
  • time to create your own determination action plan

Vision

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will do”

Anon.

What is Vision about?

People who know what they want from life and who set personal goals and objectives are better able to look forward to the future and avoid being pulled off track by threats or distractions which may come their way. In Vision, we’ll help you identify your own goals for the short and long term and help you devise strategies for achieving them.

What will you take away from the workshop?

  • a better understanding of your personal goals that make them clear, motivational and compelling
  • clarity about your personal values and how they drive what you want to achieve in life
  • an insight into your purpose and vision for life and career
  • an appreciation of how your personal vision informs your everyday choices and decisions

Calm

“It’s all about finding the calm in the chaos”

Donna Karan

What is Calm about?

This workshop is all about creating calm for yourself. When you’re calm and composed you can keep anxiety at bay and be more confident and resilient in challenging situations.

What will you take away from the workshop?

  • an understanding of how your thinking affects your levels of confidence and self-esteem, and an appreciation of how to improve them
  • techniques for clearing the mind and improving sleep patterns
  • practical ways to deal with anxiety
  • tips for dealing with negative ‘self-talk’
  • tools and techniques which you can apply to relax and create an inner calm

Time

“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst”

William Penn

What is Time about?

You’ll probably have come across a few time management tips and techniques already – you may already use some yourself. So why does it often seem so difficult to juggle priorities and get things done? In Time, we’ll be looking at tools and techniques to help manage and improve your personal organisation so that you can focus on your priorities whilst managing multiple demands and avoiding distractions.

What will you take away from the workshop?

  • clarity around what you’re aiming to achieve – your work and life goals
  • planning tools to help you achieve your goals
  • hints and tips for prioritising and managing your day-to-day activities
  • an appreciation of internal and external obstacles to achievement, and ways to deal with them
  • ideas for setting yourself up for success mentally, physically and emotionally

Mind

“Sitting on your shoulders is the most complicated object in the known universe”

Michio Kaku

What is Mind about?

People who don’t shy away from problems and who have the mental toughness to tackle them head on are being resilient. So when did you last challenge your thinking process? Mind will help you get more from your brain. We’ll give you a range of tools and techniques that will boost your decision-making and problem-solving processes, and enable you to look at opportunities in much more creative ways.

What will you take away from the workshop?

  • an appreciation of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ thinking styles and how they relate to getting the best from your brain
  • tricks and techniques for using your brain more effectively
  • tools for scoping problems and issues
  • tools for generating ideas, options and solutions
  • decision-making techniques for both your logical brain and your creative brain

Interaction

“Interaction: A mutual or reciprocal action or influence”.

Dictionary.com

What is Interaction about?

Interaction is all about how we behave towards others and how we control and respond to the reactions of others. This module focuses on the key skills of working with people on a day-to-day basis, forming new relationships and generally being a great communicator.

What will you take away from the workshop?

  • an appreciation of the impact you have on those around you
  • an understanding of how to build rapport quickly and honestly
  • the benefits of being attentive and appreciating differences in others
  • ways to demonstrate your trustworthiness to others
  • ideas for demonstrating your gratitude in order to interact positively and in a helpful way for others

Relationships

“The best results come when you reduce emotion and increase communication”

Anon

What is Relationships about?

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there; our relationships with our colleagues can make or break what we do and what we achieve at work, and so it’s no real surprise that poor working relationships are amongst the top three causes of workplace stress. In Relationships, we look at how to build great working relationships with colleagues around you through effective influencing, assertion and relationship maintenance.

What will you take away from the workshop?

  • an opportunity to map out and assess your relationships with your key stakeholders
  • some skills to enable you to influence others more effectively
  • some tools to support you when you have difficult conversations and need to be assertive and to manage your state
  • an opportunity to put together your own plan to develop and maintain excellent relationships

Body

“To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear”

Buddha

What is Body about?

Most of us only think about personal fitness in our non-work time, but maintaining and improving our personal health and fitness greatly enhances our ability to perform well at work. Body looks at ways of keeping ourselves physically fit and healthy and ensuring we are truly ‘Fit for Purpose’.

What will you take away from the workshop?

  • a host of hints and tips for keeping stress at bay and increasing your resilience
  • how to sit, stand, walk and even drive with a healthy posture
  • what to eat and what not to eat – the importance of nutrition for physical and mental performance
  • the impact of stress on the body, and top tips for dealing with it effectively
  • why physical activity is important and how to do more of it
  • how to keep yourself motivated to stay ‘Fit for Purpose’

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