The pair of veterans are teaming up with Natural Direction to help us run a training programme with real fighting spirit. Their company Break-Point challenges corporate clients to test their limits in “Go Live” experiences involving military Special Forces techniques, as well as strategic training and business performance.
We’re combining their skills with our emotional resilience training in Resilience MasteryTM, a corporate training experience that will strengthen teams, build personal skills and strengths, and above all, help develop the mindset required to beat the most challenging conditions.
Not just mud and press-ups
If you’ve seen SAS: Who Dares Wins you’ll know that a lot of Ollie and Foxy’s training expertise is psychological. Building mental fitness is a huge part of the SAS selection and training process, with recruits facing interrogation situations, challenges to their team members’ loyalty, and tests that demand leadership and decision-making under pressure.
From battlefield to boardroom
While most of us have never served a tour of duty, we know what it’s like when things blow up in our faces. Whether it’s a client catastrophe, an IT meltdown or a regulatory shake-up, crisis hits hard, and leadership teams need to keep their heads and point the way forward for their organisations.
When it comes to leadership skills, there’s nothing like mental resilience. It’s what makes the difference between calm coping and dysfunctional panic when crisis strikes. If you’re out of your comfort zone, facing a challenge that seems beyond your abilities, staring down the barrel of a deadline or facing a major set-back at the 11th hour, mental resilience is what gets you through.
Mentally resilient people can bounce back and adapt when things change, overcome adversity, and endure under pressure over longer periods of time than their less skilled peers.
Isn’t it just about personality?
No. Crucially, mental resilience is a skill you can learn and develop, whatever your personality type.
Building mental resilience is like conditioning a muscle. You’ll be making lots of small wins, slowly strengthening your mindset through consistency, discipline and focus. You can’t think your way into it – it’s got to be earned through hard work, just like powerful limbs or strong core muscles.
Think you’re pretty stress-resistant already?
We all vary in our responses to everyday stresses. You might handle a teeming inbox or a tough target without raising an eyebrow. But when something really shakes the business, those who have honed their mental fitness are the ones who really shine.
Strength when it really matters
There are moments in everyone’s career where success or failure rests on a single decision. Like the football player who needs to score a penalty kick, or the tennis star who needs that killer serve to make the grand slam final, you’ve got to get it right first time. Mental resilience gives you the edge to handle the pressure and perform at your best at crucial moments like pitches, job interviews and conference speeches.
Below: Simulated conflict tests the teams. Photo: @Red5Fotos
Mental resilience training has measurable benefits for organisations. Did you know that 30% of what you achieve is down to skills and intelligence? The rest is all about mindset.
A negative mindset can block access to skills and abilities people already possess, and promising candidates can be overlooked at interview because they lack the personal qualities like resilience and emotional intelligence (EQ) that are needed for their dream role.
As the recruits in SAS: Who Dares Wins learned, mental resilience allows teams to rise beyond what they thought was possible, despite varying skills and fitness levels. Playing to your strengths as a team means understanding your collective resources and deploying them in the most effective way possible.
Tips from the pros
Want to get started on training your brain to military standards?
Define your goals – focus on what you want to achieve
Practice daily – make an effort to resist distractions and habits
Play the long game – it takes repetition to see results
Learning that lasts
Don’t just book another away-day. Give your team an event to remember and learning that lasts a lifetime. We’ll equip them with the tools and strategies for emotional resilience, then test their mettle with exciting practical challenges that will embed their learning in an unforgettable team experience.
To find out more about how we can build resilience in your organisation, Call 0844 415 0937 or email through our contact page below.
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