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Mental fitness (7 September 2021, 9.00 – 10.00 am)

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The PQ (‘positive intelligence’) programme

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Mental wellbeing at work has risen to prominence over the last few years and even before the pandemic there was increasing concern over mental health and its impact on employee wellbeing, absence at work, and performance. Covid 19 has, of course, had a significant impact on this and brought the need to manage mental wellbeing proactively into even sharper focus.

We are all familiar with the concept of physical fitness and how regular time invested in a gym or other physical activity builds strength and muscle. It is rarer, though, to consider mental fitness –our capacity to respond to life’s challenges with a positive rather than a negative mindset – and how we can build our mental muscles, enabling us to be more productive and, put simply, happier.

In partnership with Positive Intelligence, and its CEO and founder Shirzad Charmine, we are delighted to offer a ground-breaking 7-week programme which will build your mental fitness using a unique ‘one-stop operating system’ based on a synthesis of neuroscience, cognitive and positive psychology, and performance science.

For more background on the programme, see the full details on our website, here.

The PQ programme – overview

There are three key elements to the seven-week programme.

A weekly video session

In these highly engaging one-hour recorded sessions (which you can watch any time), Shirzad Charmine explains the underlying theory and talks you through the mental fitness tools you’ll be using. He guides you through experiential exercises that deepen and personalize your understanding of the process, leaving you inspired and energised for your daily practice sessions – your reps.

Daily practice

Practice, practice, practice! 15 minutes a day will do it. And the app will help you.

The app gives you a different focus for each day’s practice.

And it gives you a range of innovative 10-second ‘PQ reps’ – mental exercises to help build up your Self-Command ‘muscle’. You learn to be clear-headed and calm even in the midst of great challenges, able to command your mind to shift from negative ‘Saboteur’ to positive ‘Sage’ response.

The app tracks your daily progress against minimum targets associated with new neural pathway (muscle) formation. This process of ‘doing your reps’ builds one small muscle at a time, laying down new neural pathways to form lasting positive habits of mind. The cumulative impact by the end of the programme is amazing!

Personalised daily coaching tips from Shirzad both encourage and challenge you to keep going. Even after the programme has finished – you still have access to all the tools and guidance on the app for another twelve months.

Coaching and support

The number of unused gym memberships shows that we struggle to stick to a physical fitness programme unless we have the support of a personal coach. It’s just the same for a mental fitness programme.

So you’ll work in a small support and accountability ‘pod’ of between three and six people, with Rosanne Bernard as your mental fitness coach. She’s a fully trained PQ coach (and an ICF-credentialed Professional Certified Coach).

Every Tuesday morning she’ll facilitate a weekly ‘pod’ meeting for everyone to check in, review their progress, discuss any challenges in practice, help set targets for the following week, and answer any questions about the programme and the ‘reps’.

Rosanne will also spend up to two hours over the course of the programme just with you, on a one-to-one basis, to help make sure you make the most of the programme and to help you deal with any issues arising – which may have nothing to do with the programme itself. (You can agree suitable times direct with her – she’ll explain it all in the first meeting).

The PQ programme – week-by-week

Week 1: Boost Your Self-Command ‘muscle’

The schedule is built around the release of the videos. So on the Wednesday before your first ‘pod’ session we’ll send you the link so that you can download the app. Over the next couple of days you can do the online self-assessment (which only takes two minutes) and then on the Saturday your first video will be released. If you can, watch it over the week-end, when you’re most relaxed, receptive – and positive!

Do a few reps over the week-end and some more on Monday and then the first ‘pod’ session with Rosanne will be on the Tuesday morning, at 9am, to run through the key points from the video, discuss how you’re getting on with the reps and, in later weeks, to pick up on any issues from the previous week’s module. Pod sessions will then take place at the same time each week for the next six weeks (seven weeks in all).

In the first week you’ll learn all about the innovative 10-second PQ reps that boost your self-command. They help enable you to run your brain using Self-command rather than being run by your Saboteur-hijacked brain. Self-command is key to intercepting unhelpful mental habits and rewiring your brain to respond more effectively.

  • Try out and discover the PQ reps that are most effective for you. Reach the minimum target for PQ reps/day to achieve your ‘neural rewiring’ goal within 6 weeks.
  • Use the app’s breakthrough PQ Charge Meter to ensure optimal brain activation before important activities.
  • And declare an audacious aspiration – what you want to achieve through this programme. We’re much more likely to stick to a commitment if we declare it, so share it with your ‘pod’ (or just with Rosanne if you prefer – the choice is yours).

Week 2: Intercept the Judge Saboteur

For this whole week, you’ll work on intercepting and weakening the most damaging Saboteur, the Judge. You’ll discover how judging yourself, others, and circumstances is a key source of stress and can seriously damage your performance. Most people find their Judge to be far more prevalent and damaging than they’d suspected.

  • Expose your Judge’s hidden lies, limiting beliefs, and negative patterns.
  • Reveal your Judge’s impact on performance, relationships, and stress.
  • Practise intercepting your Judge before it hijacks you.
  • Rewire your negative neural pathways by redirecting the Judge response.

Week 3: Intercept your Accomplice Saboteurs

Every villain has an accomplice! This week you’ll intercept and weaken the top accomplice to your Judge Saboteur, identified through your Saboteur Assessment from the following: Avoider, Controller, Hyper-Achiever, Hyper-Rational, Hyper-Vigilant, Pleaser, Restless, Stickler, Victim.

  • Expose your accomplice Saboteur’s hidden lies, limiting beliefs and negative patterns.
  • Reveal this Saboteur’s impact on performance, relationships, and stress.
  • Discover how to quickly intercept this Saboteur before it hijacks you.
  • Rewire your negative neural pathways by redirecting this Saboteur’s response.

Week 4: Shift from Saboteur to Sage

After weakening your Saboteurs, it’s time to strengthen your Sage, the counterpart to your Saboteurs. Your Sage lives in an entirely different part of your brain, generates all your positive emotions, and achieves peak performance through a calm and clear mind – when you give it the chance!

  • Practise the Sage perspective that every outcome or circumstance can be turned into a gift and opportunity.
  • Use the ‘3 gifts’ technique to find the opportunity in setbacks.
  • Replace draining self-judgement with energising self-acceptance and empathy.
  • Boost speed of recovery from failures and setbacks.

Week 5: Boost the Sage powers

The Sage region of the brain enables 5 primary powers. Analogous to the 3 primary colours, these 5 powers recombine to form all of the emotional intelligence competencies considered crucial to professional success.

  • Augment your mental toolbox with the 5 Sage powers.
  • Practise 3 techniques to activate each power.
  • Know when to use which power—the right tool at the right time.
  • Boost your emotional intelligence through combinations of the 5 primary powers.

Week 6: Take clear-headed, laser-focused action

In our final week, you’ll use your Sage’s Navigate and Activate powers to take clear-headed, laser-focused, decisive action.

  • Use your Sage’s Navigate power to align your actions with a deeper sense of meaning and purpose.
  • Use your Sage’s Activate power to act without fear or emotional distractions even in the midst of great crises.
  • Discover your Sage’s deep wisdom, far surpassing your analytical intelligence.
  • Discover how your Sage generates your highest performance while enjoying every step — being ‘in the zone’.

Week 7: Sustain the momentum

Just when you thought it was all over! In this final session, you’ll discover how to continue using your PQ tools for a variety of work and life applications.

  • Learn how to use your PQ tools to help you reach peak performance in selling and persuading, conquering stress, managing conflict, and mastering relationships
  • Discover how to use the PQ app to maintain your new mental muscles and Sage habits
  • Chart your path to keep progressing towards your audacious aspirations
  • Establish support and accountability agreements to sustain your momentum

Feedback

Shirzad Chamine’s work – and this programme in particular – has had some great feedback:

‘The Positive Intelligence (PQ) model is a brilliant breakthrough as it defines, measures, and improves your awareness of your own performance and happiness. It also helps solve the mystery of why so many smart people still fail to be successful.’

Jim Lanzone, Chief Digital Officer, CBS

‘Most of the trainings I’ve done fizzle out very quickly. I started this program a year ago and its impact on me keeps growing. It has been life changing on so many levels. I’m so much more effective and have so much less stress in every area of my life — from blowing past revenue targets at work, to far more fulfilling relationships at home.’

Bruce Zali, VP of Sales & Marketing, Promise Technology

‘This has been the most impactful training I ever experienced. You develop powerful mental muscles to deal with challenges with much less stress and greater clarity, creativity, and resilience. Every sales professional would benefit greatly from this.’

Adam McGraw, Sales VP & GM, American Express

‘What is new and life changing is the ‘mind control,’ the ability to ‘let go’ when any negative feelings take over. This program has given me the ability to be in the driver seat of my life.’

Nathalie Brys, General Counsel, Philips

‘I am much calmer and have a greater sense of happiness than I have felt in years. I feel physically lighter, and my energy is higher. Sage is now present all of the time. I sleep better, eat better, exercise better.’

Sandi Sandiland, Head of Global Sales P&D, Amazon

‘This has been an extraordinary gift for my team. The concepts are phenomenal — a true revelation in the way to think and handle work and life’s challenges. Besides the lasting impact on myself, I’ve loved hearing how many people this has touched in my company.’

Jessica Herrin, CEO, Stella & Dot

‘This changed my life. I’m working half as hard and generating twice the results. It’s amazing what’s possible when you use these powerful tools.’

Brad Fisher, Executive Director, Featherstone Holdings

Dates

We run a rolling schedule of open programmes throughout the year, with a new ‘pod’ every other month.

‘Pod’ sessions are held every Tuesday at 9am. The date shown above is for the first ‘pod’ session in the series.

Booking closes a week before each ‘pod’ start date, so that we can register you for the app and send you a link to the first video.

Fees – and discounts (save £240)

The usual cost of the programme is £995+VAT per person. If you need us to invoice you first (for payment within 30 days or before the ‘pod’ start date, whichever is the sooner), please download the booking form here.

But if you’re self-funding (and don’t need a VAT invoice) then book now via Eventbrite for the reduced rate of £795+VAT = £954 – saving yourself £240!

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