People who are resilient work smarter, and can negotiate the inevitable changes that are the one certainty of life.  People who know what teamwork really means can turn good teams into great ones.

Psychology, psychometrics and neuroscience have been combined to
develop The Challenge of Change designed to bring about positive influence in individuals, teams and culture.

  • "...our workforce is better prepared for and able to cope with change."
    Christine Sewell  
  • "We've found the Challenge of Change empowers people to adapt positively to change..."
    Kerry Cornelious  
  • "It's the only training course in the area of stress management I would recommend."
    Rochelle Spillane  
  • "...some staff have referred to it as 'life changing'..."
    Karen Mather  
  • "...the course dispelled many myths about stress, backed up with simple coping mechanisms..."
    Blair Stevenson  
  • "...really beneficial - particularly relevant in the challenging retail environment where the only real constant is change..."
    Richard Binns  
  • The Challenge of Change Resilience

    This is the key training programme for addressing stress and resilience in your organisation.  In addition to identifying personal strengths and weaknesses, the training provides specific practical tools for developing resilience and stress management skills. The Challenge of Change (CoC) Resilience Training programme is available as either a full day or a half-day.

    One Day Programme
    The one-day Challenge of Change (CoC) Resilience Training is ideally split over two half-days to provide participants with an opportunity to reflect and to gain experience in using CoC Resilience tools in an informed way. The period between the two sessions can vary, but even an overnight gap provides an effective opportunity for reflection and consolidation.

    Half-day Programme 
    The Half-day Challenge of Change Resilience Training programme is not intended to replace the full one-day programme, but is an ideal option when larger numbers of staff are required to go through the training. A minimum of two half-days need to be purchased. Read more here. 

    Individual Psychological Insight
    The training includes a unique, confidential pre-training questionnaire, The CoC Profile, which provides a unique insight into personal strengths and liabilities in resilience. The questionnaire resulted directly from Derek Roger's research, and has been subjected to rigorous validation. The Profile for the one-day programme comprises eight discrete scales, with the four core scales included in the half-day Profile. The CoC Profile provides the basis for a focused and detailed action-plan for implementing change.

    Waking up and Controlling Attention
    The training itself commences with a clear demonstration of why conventional stress management offers little or no practical benefit, based as it is on ill-conceived notions such as life events. By contrast, the basic assumption of The CoC Resilience Training Programme is that people are asleep much of the time, and the first steps in the programme are waking up and controlling attention. This leads to a clear and simple definition of stress that resonates with participants and forms the basis for the training: that stress is nothing more than ruminating about emotional upset. All that events provide is things to ruminate about, if you choose to do so.

    Adaptive Coping Skills
    The link between stress and health is then explained in detail using simple diagrams, and shows why your pet cat is unlikely to die of heart disease! The final steps in the programme are becoming detached and letting go, illustrated with the principle of how to catch monkeys. Coupled with The CoC Profile and a series of practical exercises, the training shows exactly how to develop and implement adaptive coping skills that really work.

    Back-up Material and Reminders
    A focused acton-planning exercise in the programme provides clear practical strategies for implementing change.  There are mindfulness and relaxation exercises that individual participants can download from the website, and to help ensure continued practice of the training there is a unique web-based follow-up programme, the Challenge of Change Refresher.  The Refresher is provided automatically 90 days after the training session, with unlimited access for a period of four weeks.   At the end of the training participants are asked for their honest, anonymous evaluations, which are fed back to the company to provide an immediate assessment of staff responses to the training. Click here to view recent feedback.

    Restructuring/Transition Support
    The CoC Resilience Training programme can be adapted to help participants deal with difficult and challenging issues, such as restructuring or disestablishing jobs. In these circumstances the training can help significantly in facilitating the transition and providing support.  Participants have commented on feeling much more positive and optimistic about the future, and from an employer's perspective, having an external facilitator in this way can ease the process as well as reducing acrimony and dispute.

    Do you want to read more, click here for the Insider Download.  If like a growing number of leading NZ organisations you would like to benefit from The Challenge of Change, then why wait, please get in touch today.

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