Personal effectiveness

If you wanted to get your employees to drink more coffee, would you be better off hosting a Starbucks or opening say, a Bank of America coffee bar? However much your employees love your company, it’s not usually for the coffee.

Being a gym, with a brand that feels ‘main street’, Mind Gym can provide that ‘Starbucks’ effect. Your employees choose to turn up to short, sharp workouts that make them in many ways cleverer, or at least give them a sneaky advantage. At the same time you can breathe life into your values, competencies and ‘ingredients’ by matching from the hundred or so Workouts that already exist. Below are some of our most popular.

With no up-front investment you can create a legacy of continuous development. And your people will love you for it.

To find out about how we have helped hundreds of organizations build their personal development program, get in touch.

Recommended courses

Collaborative solutions
True collaboration is not easy to achieve, but there are tactics we can use to help us get there.

Participants will:
  • Understand what collaboration means and the benefits of using it
  • Practice collaborating with a group of people and experience the different challenges associated with collaboration
  • Get practical ways to manage the content, process and dynamics of a collaborative discussion
  • Spot flaws in group decision making and take action to prevent and manage them
  • Identify how to overcome their personal ‘collaboration demons’

Available in these formats:

Workout
Action-packed 90 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Virtual
Action-packed Virtual Workout, instructor-led, online, 100 minutes for up to 12 people.
Go large
High energy experience for groups from 50 to 1,500.
Workout pro
Immersive 180 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Courageous conversations
Courageous conversations

Prepare yourself to face difficult conversations with courage and confidence. Discover how to master your emotions and stay in control.

Participants will:
  • Discover the benefits of having these difficult conversations
  • Recognize the common blocks that get in the way of these conversations, as well as how to overcome them
  • Learn how to control and regulate their emotions
  • Become better able to handle other’s behavior during conflict

Available in these formats:

Workout
Action-packed 90 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Virtual
Action-packed Virtual Workout, instructor-led, online, 100 minutes for up to 12 people.
Go large
High energy experience for groups from 50 to 1,500.
Workout pro
Immersive 180 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Creativity for logical thinkers
Creativity for logical thinkers

Discover a range of techniques to help even the most logical minds come up with creative and off the wall ideas.

Participants will:
  • Discover the strengths that logical minds bring to creative thinking as well as the main barriers that we need to circumvent
  • Practice using three very different 'logical' approaches to creativity which overcome innate assumptions in the innovation process
  • Decide which techniques work best for different kinds of challenge
  • Generate hundreds, if not thousands of novel ideas

Available in these formats:

Workout
Action-packed 90 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Virtual
Action-packed Virtual Workout, instructor-led, online, 100 minutes for up to 12 people.
Go large
High energy experience for groups from 50 to 1,500.
Workout pro
Immersive 180 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Cresting the curve
Life is a roller coaster. Spend more time at high points.

Participants will:
  • Discover how to find out where they are in the change curve (most of us are going through several different change curves at any one time)
  • Appreciate why they are at this stage and what they can do to ease the journey through the next stages
  • Decide what practical things they can do at each point in the curves to increase time spent at the high points and reduce the depth of the curve
  • Consider the barriers to cresting the curve and how to remove them
  • See what they can do to spot where other people are at on the curve and what they can do to help them

Available in these formats:

Workout
Action-packed 90 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Virtual
Action-packed Virtual Workout, instructor-led, online, 100 minutes for up to 12 people.
Go large
High energy experience for groups from 50 to 1,500.
Workout pro
Immersive 180 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Delivering change
The hardest part of change is the transition period and by managing people's reactions, we can deliver our change successfully.

Participants will:
  • Understand what convinces people to change (and why people resist)
  • Think through the different degrees of change that can take place
  • Consider what is involved in the transitional element of change (aka ‘crazy time’)
  • Become familiar with different reactions to change and how to manage them
  • Construct a strategy to help deliver a specific change that they need to implement

Available in these formats:

Workout
Action-packed 90 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Virtual
Action-packed Virtual Workout, instructor-led, online, 100 minutes for up to 12 people.
Go large
High energy experience for groups from 50 to 1,500.
Workout pro
Immersive 180 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Dynamic delegation
We can adapt the tactics we use to delegate successfully in a style that motivates the person we’re working with.

Participants will:
  • Understand different styles of delegation
  • Learn to recognize when to pull in the delegation reins without damaging confidence or destroying relationships
  • Become ready to put in place ways to learn from experience and so constantly become more dynamic with their delegation
  • Identify thoughts and feelings that prevent them from delegating and feel confident they can overcome them

Available in these formats:

Workout
Action-packed 90 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Virtual
Action-packed Virtual Workout, instructor-led, online, 100 minutes for up to 12 people.
Go large
High energy experience for groups from 50 to 1,500.
Workout pro
Immersive 180 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Extra time
While we can’t create more time, we can generate something of greater value; more energy. If we bring sufficient energy to whatever we do, we will have both greater impact and extra time.

Participants will:
  • Find ways to prevent themselves drowning in the sea of too-much-to-do
  • Uncover how to match tasks to the fluctuations in your attention span
  • Overcome your energy draining attitudes in order to create extra time

Available in these formats:

Workout
Action-packed 90 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Virtual
Action-packed Virtual Workout, instructor-led, online, 100 minutes for up to 12 people.
Go large
High energy experience for groups from 50 to 1,500.
Workout pro
Immersive 180 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Getting things done
By thinking proactively and overcoming our unhelpful attitude to our tasks, we can get more done.

Participants will:
  • Learn how to spot and avoid self-imposed delaying tactics
  • Understand what creates a proactive mindset and how they can get one
  • Discover how to deal with issues that they felt powerless to affect
  • Develop a list of practical things that they can do to overcome procrastination and get things done
  • Work on a particular issue that they are procrastinating about and agree a plan of action to get it done

Available in these formats:

Workout
Action-packed 90 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Virtual
Action-packed Virtual Workout, instructor-led, online, 100 minutes for up to 12 people.
Go large
High energy experience for groups from 50 to 1,500.
Workout pro
Immersive 180 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Goal setting
Set goals that will stretch your team members and motivate them to perform at their best.

Participants will:
  • Learn how to set individual goals that are stretching and aligned with those of the organization
  • Pick up tips on how to get buy-in from their team members
  • Practice how to deal with any obstacles that they may encounter in the future

Available in these formats:

Workout
Action-packed 90 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Virtual
Action-packed Virtual Workout, instructor-led, online, 100 minutes for up to 12 people.
Go large
High energy experience for groups from 50 to 1,500.
Workout pro
Immersive 180 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Great feedback
We explore how we can use positive and negative feedback to reinforce or change the behavior of others.

Participants will:
  • Explore the power of praise in changing people’s behavior
  • Try out a high impact five-step processes for giving ‘positive’ feedback and for giving ‘improvement’ feedback
  • Consider what can go wrong when they give feedback (e.g., the other person claims to agree with it but they suspect they don’t really) and what to do when this happens
  • Agree on the challenges about giving feedback to people with more power and come up with some tactics to overcome them
  • Plan how to give great feedback in a particular situation that they can anticipate

Available in these formats:

Workout
Action-packed 90 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Virtual
Action-packed Virtual Workout, instructor-led, online, 100 minutes for up to 12 people.
Go large
High energy experience for groups from 50 to 1,500.
Workout pro
Immersive 180 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Having presence
We can change our level of presence by consciously changing the way we think and behave.

Participants will:
  • Understand more about what presence looks like
  • Become familiar with when to increase and decrease their level of presence
  • Understand how they can think themselves into having more presence
  • Practice tools and techniques to help them gain presence when they want it
  • Plan for a situation where they want more presence than they normally have

Available in these formats:

Workout
Action-packed 90 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Virtual
Action-packed Virtual Workout, instructor-led, online, 100 minutes for up to 12 people.
Go large
High energy experience for groups from 50 to 1,500.
Workout pro
Immersive 180 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Influence & persuade
By considering all the influencing tactics available to us we can develop persuasion strategies for every situation and make people say ‘yes’.

Participants will:
  • Consider what skills they can learn from people who are great influencers
  • Discover the mental blocks they create when they try to influence people and how to remove them
  • Understand the nine main influencing techniques that people use and the strengths each can offer
  • Practice using some of the nine tactics (and spotting them in others)
  • Combine the tactics to create an influencing strategy for a situation that is important to them

Available in these formats:

Workout
Action-packed 90 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Virtual
Action-packed Virtual Workout, instructor-led, online, 100 minutes for up to 12 people.
Go large
High energy experience for groups from 50 to 1,500.
Workout pro
Immersive 180 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Motivate
In order to motivate other people we need to understand what drives them internally and influences them externally.

Participants will:
  • Discover tools they can use to motivate themselves and others
  • Learn practical techniques they can apply immediately
  • Anticipate difficult situations and prepared for them
  • Decide on practical steps they will take to motivate the individuals that they are going to transform into determined dynamos

Available in these formats:

Workout
Action-packed 90 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Virtual
Action-packed Virtual Workout, instructor-led, online, 100 minutes for up to 12 people.
Go large
High energy experience for groups from 50 to 1,500.
Workout pro
Immersive 180 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
The big picture
Seeing the bigger picture can lead to improved decision-making and more effective problem solving.

Participants will:
  • Discover the components of good strategic thinking
  • Get practical tips to build your thinking up, down, out, in, diagonally and plenty more
  • Learn ways to make sense out of disparate data and fill the gaps in the canvas
  • Uncover techniques to help others see the big picture too

Available in these formats:

Workout
Action-packed 90 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Virtual
Action-packed Virtual Workout, instructor-led, online, 100 minutes for up to 12 people.
Go large
High energy experience for groups from 50 to 1,500.
Workout pro
Immersive 180 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Your impact on others
We can improve our impact on others by understanding the motivations that drive people to behave in different ways.

Participants will:
  • Understand the different motivational drivers we have and how they affect the way we interpret other people’s behavior
  • Appreciate the impact each motivational driver tends to have on the others
  • Know what their motivational driver is likely to be
  • Recognize their strengths and the likely impact that their way of looking at the world has on the different types of people around them
  • Decide what practical action they can take to increase their impact on others

Available in these formats:

Workout
Action-packed 90 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.
Virtual
Action-packed Virtual Workout, instructor-led, online, 100 minutes for up to 12 people.
Go large
High energy experience for groups from 50 to 1,500.
Workout pro
Immersive 180 minutes, instructor-led in a classroom for up to 20 people.

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