Myndflex is a new, innovative personal development approach for individual professionals, managers and coaches. It enables 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.
Myndflex is proving to be a highly effective coaching tool with 100% of participants attending our accreditation workshop recommending it to people who are working with individuals to change their mindset (for more information about our coach workshops, see below). We also offer an online toolkit for individuals who want to use Myndflex in their personal development (see below for more detail.)
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.
The online 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 usually 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.
If you like the idea of using Myndflex but you’re not sure that the online toolkit is right for you please get in touch. For example, if you’d like to discuss coaching options (we offer virtual and face-to-face programmes) or if you’re interested in a blended solution.
The Myndflex toolkit typically requires about 6 hours to complete. We find that the toolkit delivers the best results when more than 6 hours time is devoted to reflection and practice, however, so we suggest 6 hours is best treated as a rough guide.
The schedule for completing the online toolkit activities is flexible. Toolkit based work can be organised taking into account other diary and commitments. The toolkit is delivered in a three modular, six activity format. Ideally we suggest scheduling work on one activity or module every week or fortnight until all the elements have been completed. It’s possible to flex the interval between activities and modules, of course, but we recommend aiming for a maximum gap of two to three weeks between toolkit sessions in order to maintain momentum and gain the maximum benefit.
If you’d like to see what’s involved in working with the Myndflex toolkit, you’ll find an overview below.
We offer an advanced 1 day skills workshop for coaches, practitioners and managers who want to refresh and extend their coaching approach around clients’ self-limiting thinking. The workshop is highly practical with a significant part of the day spent using the Myndflex model and process. We run these with small participant groups, enabling opportunities to share insights and experiences. Completion of the workshop accredits coaches to use Myndflex in their practice. Workshops are offered on both an open and in-house basis.
Here are some testimonials from experienced coaches who have recently completed our accreditation workshop:
“The workshop was very well run and it was valuable to bring together the varied experience in the room through discussing the Myndflex framework. The practical sessions really helped to consolidate how to make the approach work in practice and we all made surprising progress forward with personal goals as well as learning the methodology.”
Joy Palfery, Executive Coach, Chartered & Occupational Psychologist, Work Journey
“A professionally run workshop – logical and purposeful. Sue is very energetic and knowledgeable. Enjoyed the practice sessions and working with / observing other coaches in action as well as working on my own issue.”
Julia Duncan, Executive Coach & Director, The Development Partnership
“I particularly valued the clear and practical explanation of CBC as well as the useful tools to complement my working practice. I really benefited from doing the practical sessions and learning from other coaches. Very useful to have pragmatic explanations of real client issues and scenarios to flesh out the tools.”
Karen Tidswell, Executive Coach, Chartered & Occupational Psychologist, Cedar ADS
Please get in touch with us if you want to know more about the coach workshop programme or our calendar of planned workshop dates.
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.
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 the past 30 years. She has had extensive experience working with managers and professionals in a range of UK and 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.
Balanced thinking or positive psychology? Some of you will have noticed the Myndflex strapline is ‘balanced thinking in action’. And perhaps you’ve wondered if…Continue reading →