Resilience Plus: Building a resilient you and a resilient organisation to thrive in a VUCA world

Royal Scots Club, The Douglas Room, 29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE
Wednesday 13th June 2018 5:30pm to 8:00pm Add to my calendar
Member : FREE   Guest : £12  

How can you deal effectively with change, stressors, pressures and challenges and perform at your best no matter the circumstances, and as a leader, create an adaptive, high performance and highly engaged team and organisation?

With all the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity in our present world, there is an increasing need for a special kind of resilience known as mental toughness or mental strength. It is the particular mindset that gives you the capacity stay in the moment and keep your head when others are losing theirs. It is more than just ‘gritting your teeth and bearing it’ when you face adversity. It is about welcoming challenge and change, and embracing all the opportunities that brings with it, no matter how uncomfortable the journey. The most successful individuals (in all walks of life) and organisations are those that are mentally tough in how they view and address challenges and opportunities.

This highly interactive taster session will introduce you to the 4Cs of the mental toughness framework through the lens of a high seas sailing adventure. These four vital components provide you with strategies to develop your own mental strength for life in general and for leadership, and the workshop will focus on challenges you are facing in the workplace now. As a leader, you are responsible for looking over the horizon, creating the strategy that will make your project, team or organisation successful not just now but over the years ahead. Yet you are human and it is well-nigh impossible to predict the future. Developing mental toughness in yourself and your team promotes a positive attitude that you will succeed whatever lies ahead, knowing that you will prevail in the end and can deal with all the unexpected setbacks and problems as ordinary occurrences, and emerge stronger from adversity.

This event provides complementary approaches to the tools introduced by Coretta Barry in the WIBF Edinburgh event on 8th May on how to survive in a VUCA world. It is well worth attending both events if you can (but not a pre-requisite, you will get different value and benefits from each event alone).

Dr Sue Mitchell Bio

Dr Sue Mitchell is the author of The Authority Guide to Engaging your People ( and Director of Aeona (, a coaching and leadership consultancy that she founded in 2007. Sue is an experienced leadership and executive coach and speaker, delivering executive 1:1 coaching, leadership development and masterclasses, as well as speaking at conferences and other events. Sue works with organisations, managers and leaders to harness the power of purposeful leadership and engagement to raise performance and create an environment where everyone can excel. Sue specialises in working with mindset including topics on motivation, confidence, emotional intelligence, resilience, mental toughness, values-driven leadership and navigating your career. As an independent coach, Sue brings a fresh perspective and objectivity independent from the sector or specific industry and business types. She brings a rigorous scientific approach of inquiry and curiosity, and uses tools and methods that have been proven to work.

Sue’s first leadership role was leading expeditions to the South Pacific – requiring resourcefulness and resilience when sent there with 17 people, no equipment and no money! Her subsequent international scientific career held post-doc fellowships at a Max Planck Institute in Northern Germany and at the University of Edinburgh. Her research in evolutionary ecology was effectively the study of successful strategies across very short to very long timeframes. In 2004, Sue made a transformative choice to change career, starting the consultancy that subsequently became Aeona.


17:30 Drinks on arrival

18:00 Speaker – Dr Sue Mitchell

20:00 Close

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