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Developing Mental Toughness: Improving Performance, Wellbeing and Positive Behaviour in Others [Paperback]

Peter Clough , Doug Strycharczyk

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Book Description

March 15 2012

Mental toughness is measured by how effectively individuals respond to stress, pressure and challenge. Developing Mental Toughness clearly and effectively explains the concept of mental toughness and traces its development from sports psychology into organizational development, health and education.

This book covers the key skills and techniques required to recognize, use and develop mental toughness in others including evaluation, ROI and improving attention spans. The authors consider mental toughness in relation to education, working in teams and career planning, and they discuss the four core pillars of mental toughness:

-Challenge: seeing challenge as an opportunity
-Confidence: having high levels of self-belief
-Commitment: being able to stick to tasks
-Control: believing that people control their own destiny

Written for coaches looking to improve the performance of individuals and teams, Developing Mental Toughness contains practical guidance on techniques that will provide skills for responding to and harnessing the effects of stress and pressure.

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""If there were any doubt about the importance of mental toughness and its effect on performance, this book dispels them thoroughly and convincingly...The range of contexts in which mental toughness can be used is illustrated by the many case studies that are described here, but its value in developing leadership and management effectiveness is the area in which it has particular value. Practicing leaders and managers, especially those currently being developed, will benefit from diagnosis of their mental toughness, and from learning how they can use appropriate strategies to enhance their capability.""
 --Peter Cheese, Chair of ILM 

""Mental Toughness has emerged as an important concept which can be used to help individuals understand their own capacity, strengths and weakness and helps coaches, managers and leaders understand the problems individuals and organizations may face when dealing with change. This timely book is very welcome - it describes in a very practical way an idea which appears to have almost unlimited application.""--David Eva, unionlearn and Chairman of CWP 

""I have worked with the authors for the past 5 years and have seen at first-hand what difference understanding mental toughness can make in developing a truly high performing organization. This is a timely and valuable addition to the reading list for anyone involved in people management or people development particularly in times of change and challenge.""
--Neil Scales, CEO and Director General of Merseytravel

About the Author

Peter Clough
is the former Head of Psychology at the University of Hull and is recognized as a leading applied academic authority in this field. He is co-developer of the mental toughness model and the MTQ48 Mental Toughness Questionnaire.  He has also contributed to Psychometrics in Coaching and Leadership Coaching (both published by Kogan Page).

Doug Strycharczyk is owner and Managing Director for AQR Ltd., an organization that has been instrumental in the adoption of mental toughness in new sectors and is now one of Europe's fastest growing test publishers and distributors.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The must-have for MT Trainers and Coaches May 4 2012
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"I purchased this book as I have been inspired by both Doug and Peter presenting at Resilience At Work conferences in 2010, 2011 and 2012. This book is packed with the essentials and more for understanding mental toughness and developing it. As a Mental Toughness Coach and Trainer, I find this is a valuable, informative reference guide."
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mental Toughness "Bible" June 5 2012
By Aliya Ali-Afzal - Published on
This is a fantastic resource for anyone using Mental Toughness coaching and for those who want to deepen their knowledge of the concept and its uses. You will find sound research and very useful case studies, examples of the broad range of practical applications and an insight into why Mental Toughness plays such a key role in empowering both individuals and teams. Doug and Peter's passion for the subject also make this a great read. Buy it!
Aliya Ali-Afzal: Associate Director Executive MBA Careers, Hult International Business School

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