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

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

by Peter Clough, Doug Strycharczyk
     
 

Mental Toughness is measured by how effectively individuals respond to stress, pressure and challenge. This ground-breaking book clearly and effectively explains the concept of mental toughness and traces its development from sports psychology into organizational development, health and education. This is the first book to look at mental toughness and its

Overview

Mental Toughness is measured by how effectively individuals respond to stress, pressure and challenge. This ground-breaking book clearly and effectively explains the concept of mental toughness and traces its development from sports psychology into organizational development, health and education. This is the first book to look at mental toughness and its application at the organizational level. 

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. The book covers the core skills and techniques required to recognize, use and develop mental toughness in others including: evaluation, ROI, and improving attention spans.

Peter Clough is Head of Psychology at Hull University and is recognized as a leading applied academic authority in this field.

Doug Strycharczyk is owner and Managing Director for AQR Ltd., an organization which 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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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 

"Twenty-eight papers explore the study of how effectively individuals respond to stress, pressure, and challenge and consider how mental toughness can improve performance for the individual and the organization." —Journal of Economic Literature 

"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. …A great read." —Aliya Ali-Afzal, Associate Director Executive MBA Careers, Hult International Business School

Chair of ILM - Peter Cheese
"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."
unionlearn and Chairman of CWP - David Eva
"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."
CEO and Director General of Merseytravel - Neil Scales
"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."
Journal of Economic Literature
"Twenty-eight papers explore the study of how effectively individuals respond to stress, pressure, and challenge and consider how mental toughness can improve performance for the individual and the organization."
Associate Director Executive MBA Careers, Hult International Business School - Aliya Ali-Afzal
"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. …A great read."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780749463779
Publisher:
Kogan Page, Ltd.
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
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

Meet the Author

Peter Clough is Head of Psychology at Hull University and is recognised as the leading applied academic authority in this field.

Doug Strycharczyk is MD for AQR which is the organisation which has been instrumental in most of the pilots which lead to the adoption of mental toughness in new sectors.

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