Myndflex is a new set of innovative, personal development solutions for managers and professionals. It’s an approach that helps successful people to make adjustments in how they are at work. Myndflex is focused on enabling people to be more self-confident, calmer or more measured in their reactions and behaviour. It involves taking people through a three step process to clarify, challenge and change their negative, self-limiting thoughts. It’s particularly aimed at individuals who want to change how they deal with situations they find challenging, either emotionally, or in terms of what they do or say.
Individuals can use Myndflex in their personal development by buying the online toolkit or by signing up for our essentials workshop.
Myndflex is also available to coaches and development practitioners who are working with people to change their mindset, via our coach workshops.
Myndflex is relevant to a range of personal development needs. Below we’ve listed some typical problem areas where Myndflex is helpful. Click on the thumbnails to find out more.
Cristina lacks self-confidence
I know I’m well thought of in my company. But sometimes I find myself holding back, especially with senior people. I know it sounds stupid but I often doubt myself.
Seb shows his frustration
I’m ambitious and if I’m going to progress I need to react differently under pressure. I have a reputation for being impatient and letting my frustration show.
Monique struggles with her personal organisation
I’ve read all the books on time-management but I still struggle with my personal organisation. I procrastinate with the best of them. I get really irritated with myself but I haven’t found a way to crack this one yet.
Raj dreads public speaking
My last performance review was very positive. If I’m going to step up to the next management level I’ll need to be a more confident public speaker. I know I can present well but there’s something about speaking to large groups that makes me nervous.
Chan tends to worry
I’m one of life’s worriers. I see other people shrugging things off and I wonder how do they do that? Little things get to me and I sometimes go over and over things in my head. I wish I could find a way to switch off and stay calm.
Nicholas gets overwhelmed
I love it when there’s lots happening at work. But things can get so busy and out of control that I get stressed and feel overwhelmed, which is not so great for me or those close to me.
If you’re wondering if Myndflex is likely to be useful for either yourself, or someone else, our Mindset Indicator on the home page may be helpful. When someone’s profile contains some low or mid-range scores then it’s likely that a balanced thinking approach, like Myndflex, will be useful.
The underlying principles and methodology used in Myndflex are based on Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (CBC). This approach has been successfully used in executive coaching work and counselling for many years. Whilst our products are new to the market, the information and activities that are central to Myndflex have been used extensively with our coaching clients, with impressive results. You can see some recent testimonials here.
There are two core Myndflex products that individuals can access and use in their personal development: The online toolkit and our essentials workshop. Both options guide individuals through a structured process to clarify, challenge and change self-limiting thoughts. The toolkit comprises a comprehensive set of online activities, information and resources to build people’s self-awareness and skills in key areas. It’s been designed to be a self-contained, standalone learning package. Participants should find that they have everything they need to make progress towards having a more balanced mindset. The content has been carefully selected and presented so as to help people to learn how to feel and react differently in challenging work situations. The essentials workshop follows a similar flow to the online toolkit, with the activities and information adapted to work in a small group format.
If you like the idea of using Myndflex but you’re not sure that one of standard product offerings is right for you please get in touch. For example, if you’d like to discuss supplementing the toolkit with some individual support or if you’re interested in a blended solution.
The Myndflex toolkit typically requires about 6 hours to complete. We find that people tend to get more benefit out of it when they have more than 6 hours time to reflect and practice, however, so we suggest 6 hours is best treated as a rough guide. The essentials workshop is run as a full day event.
The schedule for completing the online toolkit activities is flexible; participants are free to organise their time according to their diary and commitments. The toolkit is delivered in a three module format. Where possible, it works well to schedule one module for completion every week or fortnight until someone has completed all three modules. It’s possible to flex the interval between modules, of course, but we’d recommend someone aims for a maximum gap of two to three weeks between modules in order to maintain momentum and gain the maximum benefit. The essentials workshop follows a similar flow.
If you’d like to see what’s involved in working with the Myndflex toolkit, you’ll find an overview below.
And here’s an outline of each module. The overviews for Modules 2 and 3 are available in a drop-down format. You can see these by clicking on the Module titles below.
Module 1 is a foundation module. The purpose of this module is to introduce the key Myndflex ideas and principles. It’s also about starting to raise awareness around current, negative thinking patterns.
In the first activity participants are encouraged to think about what they hope to achieve with Myndflex and what they want to focus on. This involves completing some personal preparation and goal-setting, so that individuals are well set up for a successful learning and self-development experience.
The key principles that underpin Myndflex are introduced, so that users understand how the process will work and what’s involved.
Participants move on to their second Myndflex activity, a self-assessment designed to identify which thinking traps they tend to fall into. There’s an opportunity to understand more about typical thinking traps and time for individuals to reflect on their personal thought habits.
The focus of Module 2 is on enabling individuals to clarify and challenge the negative thoughts that are giving rise to unwanted feelings and reactions.
Following on from Module 1, participants work on their negative thoughts in greater depth. They learn first how to identify thoughts that are limiting them, and then how to test and challenge them. These processes are at the heart of the Myndflex process.
In Module 2 individuals focus on a real situation that is, or has been, challenging for them. Working with this situation in mind, they complete two activities. Participants are taken through a step-by-step process to clarify their negative, limiting thoughts in detail, using a specially designed Myndflex tool. Users continue working with the same situation, this time moving on to questioning and challenging their thoughts.
As people work through Module 2 they continue to be offered relevant information and insights to support and extend their learning. There are also practical tips to help individuals through the process, including some suggestions that are tailored to their personal self-assessment profile (their results from an earlier activity).
In Module 3 the focus is on giving individuals the final, additional tools and understanding they need to change their thinking, i.e. to replace negative thoughts with a more balanced mindset. The purpose of this module is to equip people to put balanced thinking into practice at work.
Participants are guided through a process to create, and adopt, a balanced thinking approach. Continuing with the same situation individuals have analysed in Module 2 they move on to creating more balanced and helpful alternatives. As in previous modules relevant information, insights and practical tips are included to provide context and to broaden understanding in each topic.
Once people have mastered the principles involved in creating balanced thoughts, they are supported in changing their thinking in the workplace by completing an action plan. In addition to using balanced thinking, participants are invited to assess other aspects of their approach (e.g. their emotional outlook, relevant behaviours and skills) to see if there are other elements that they want to change. Their ongoing practice, progress and learning is facilitated through guidance around how to apply the Myndflex approach.
We offer an advanced 1 day skills workshop for coaches, practitioners and managers. We run these with small participant groups, enabling lots of time for practice and discussion. Open events are run regularly and we can also organise in-house workshops, e.g. for internal coaches. Completion of the workshop accredits participants to use Myndflex.
Myndflex is the brainchild of Sue Green, a Coaching and Business Psychologist. In 2008 Sue was introduced to a school of coaching called Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (CBC). CBC is an established and powerful approach that enables people to change unwanted feelings and behaviours by changing the thoughts that lead to them. Sue quickly saw the value of CBC techniques and the potential positive impact they could have on individuals’ work performance and well-being. Although positive about the approach, Sue identified three limitations around how CBC tends to be used.
First, people typically need to be working with a qualified and experienced coach to access CBC. Something that immediately limits the number of people who can benefit from it, both for financial and practical reasons.
A second concern is that whilst potentially highly effective, the way that CBC principles and techniques tend to be articulated is not very accessible. Often there is too much psycho-jargon or therapeutic language to be relevant and appropriate for the average manager who’s interested in personal development.
The third problem area is the lack of practical information. When Sue searched for resources to support her work with clients she found that most of what was available was either (a) of limited use to lay people because it was aimed at experienced, qualified coaches with a background in psychology or else (b) insufficiently clear and practical to be effective in showing people how to apply CBC ideas in their day-to-day work.
Myndflex has been developed to address these limitations. The key drivers behind this approach have been to bring something to market that is:
Myndflex has been created by Sue Green at Perspectives Psychology. Sue has been working as a UK-based Coaching and Business Psychologist for over two decades. She has had extensive experience working with middle to senior managers in global organisations. She is passionate about using psychological insights to enhance people’s working lives. Her professional background and skills are evident within Myndflex:
In addition to being the creator of Myndflex, Sue has led her own business psychology consultancy, Perspectives Psychology, since 1993. So if the Myndflex products currently on offer don’t meet your needs, please get in touch to discuss alternatives.