Researchers and PhD students, operating in the Gas,Oil and Life science industries,at one of Scotland’s leading Universities, are the latest to benefit from Tougher Minds training.
The 30-strong group are based at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and are drawn from various nations including Nigeria, Egypt and Germany.
The Tougher Minds Personal Brain Management programme was delivered over the course of a week and was designed to introduce those involved to the process of developing improved thinking habits and,as a consequence,improved personal productivity,efficiency and effectiveness.
The group – whose research is focused on the global energy and life science industries and the associated disciplines – were also introduced to the Tougher Minds Personal Performance Planner. The Planner is a self-watching tool and allows users to monitor their own behaviour, in order to support positive changes and improvements with the use of simple and practical techniques.
Dorothy McDonald, who coordinated the event for the University, commented:”[The Tougher Minds] bespoke programme was relevant,engaging and had a powerful message that we can change our habits and become more productive and achieve our dreams. It was fantastic training that I am putting into practice already.”
Dr Andrew Lamb – a Senior Lecturer – also added:”Tougher Minds provided a very thought provoking programme illustrating a series of practical, personal skills to improve work performance and output in my area of higher education.
“Their programme is grounded with recent relevant research as well as having a very practical basis for addressing personal working practices.”
He added:”We had an enjoyable few days that were very worthwhile and I hope to be able to be more effective in my work in future as a result of what I learned about myself.”
Also, many students described the Tougher Minds programme as “excellent” in their formal feedback responses.
“This work with Robert Gordon University’s PhD and researchers is another example of how Tougher Minds programmes can benefit those involved in challenging work, where optimal personal performance is required”, commented Tougher Minds Director Jon Finn.
“In the context of both challenging academic research,PhD studies and industry focussed work Tougher Minds will help individuals to maximise their effectiveness and output”.
Finn added:”We believe the group from Robert Gordon will gain great benefit for their current work and any future roles in what are demanding and rapidly changing sectors.”
Tougher Minds and Robert Gordon University also worked together to develop a formal accreditation for those participating in the training. All course attendees received the Personal Brain Management certificate.
Robert Gordon University provides industry led undergraduate and postgraduate courses. It was voted the UK’s top University for graduate jobs in 2014 and its staff enjoy an excellent reputation for quality and academic research.
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