Developing Mental Toughness

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

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Mental toughness is about how effectively individuals respond when faced with stress, pressure and challenge. Understanding this concept is essential to improving performance for both the individual and the organization, and this book, one of the first in the field to take a look at mental toughness as a serious discipline, teaches you how to assess mental toughness in individuals and organizations to drive performance, improve your own ability to cope with stress and apply a range of techniques required to recognize, use and develop mental toughness effectively. Full of sample exercises and case studies, this book also features the Mental Toughness Questionnaire - a unique self-assessment tool to determine your mental toughness score and what this means. Tracing its development from sports psychology into the world of health, education and business, Developing Mental Toughness takes a deep look at mental toughness and its application at the organizational level.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 156 x 233 x 17mm | 460g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0749463775
  • 9780749463779
  • 740,116

Table of contents

Chapter - 01: Introduction to the concept of MT;
Chapter - 02: The importance of stress;
Chapter - 03: A brief history of mental toughness;
Chapter - 04: Developing the model and the MTQ48;
Chapter - 05: Mental toughness and the MTQ48;
Chapter - 06: Control;
Chapter - 07: Commitment;
Chapter - 08: Challenge;
Chapter - 09: Confidence;
Chapter - 10: Innovative insights into the education and development of young people;
Chapter - 11: Mental toughness and its application in secondary education;
Chapter - 12: Mental toughness in the complex world of further education colleges;
Chapter - 13: Applying mental toughness to career guidance and career planning;
Chapter - 14: Mental toughness and the world of work;
Chapter - 15: Mental toughness and team working;
Chapter - 16: The world of work - a case study from a major call centre;
Chapter - 17: Mental toughness in sport;
Chapter - 18: Health and social factors relating to mental toughness;
Chapter - 19: Coaching for mental toughness;
Chapter - 20: Fatigue and mental toughness;
Chapter - 21: Can mental toughness be developed? Psychologist/practitioner perspective;
Chapter - 22: Positive thinking;
Chapter - 23: Visualization;
Chapter - 24: Relaxation: A physiotherapist's perspective;
Chapter - 25: Attentional control;
Chapter - 26: Goal setting;
Chapter - 27: Research using the MTQ48;
Chapter - 28: A summary and thoughts about 'what's next?'
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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. Like many common sense ideas, mental toughness is something that seems instinctively to be sound, but proving it as a real phenomenon and demonstrating that it can be measured and improved is far more demanding, making the work that Peter Clough and Doug Strycharczyk, and their colleagues and collaborators have done, enormously significant. 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. Practising 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, CEO for CIPD, and board member (and previously Chair) of ILM * "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 organisation. 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 is the Chief Executive Officer of TransLink, responsible for leadership of the public transport network across South East Queensland. In this role Neil is accountable for an annual budget of more than $1.5 billion and partnerships with TransLink's 19 service delivery partners * "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 organisations 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, North West England Regional Manager of unionlearn and Chairman of CWP *
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About Peter Clough

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

Doug Strycharczyk is Managing Director for AQR, a management consultancy that helps organizations to improve performance through applying the principles of mental toughness and empowering their people. Doug is a business consultant and frequent speaker, and has played a major role in showing how the concept applies across all areas where people are involved. He is co-author of Developing Resilient Organizations with Charles Elvin (CEO of ILM) and a contributor to Psychometrics in Coaching. You can find out about the mental toughness measure and questionnaire at
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