By Hon. Prof. Mike Conway – CEO & Founder XVenture, EARL Coach Sydney FC and Caltex Socceroos

Surprisingly to some, there are parallels in the work I do with elite sports teams and individuals, corporates, youths and families (who recently participated in the XVenture Family Challenge TV Series, broadcast on Channel 10 in Australia and Three in New Zealand).

Participants in XVenture's Winning Minds programs complete the XV EARL Measure, providing a benchmark of emotional agility, resilience and leadership scores.

During participation in our programs, teams and individuals have two options: take on a performance improvement mindset (PIMS), which leads to a Winning Mind, or focus attention and time on frustration and disappointment (FAND).

Based on XVenture's work globally, successful teams appear to:

  • consist of individuals who have a PIMS;
  • improve their EARL scores when a PIMS approach is taken;
  • have a consistent and measured approach;
  • collaborate and share knowledge effectively;
  • understand each other and play to strengths as a collective;
  • have individuals who are able to put fear behind them, even when pushed outside their comfort zones;
  • can openly discuss and reflect on mistakes and embrace them to emerge as a stronger and more cohesive team;
  • celebrate success and acknowledge contribution; and
  • enjoy the experience.

Whilst the above are a simplified view of what makes one team better than another, these are common themes we've discovered. We believe it's worth it for any organisation to focus on developing individual and collective PIMS.

You can now curate and deliver an XVenture Winning Minds program in your own organisation. With XVenture In a Box, you'll get access to an extensive toolkit with step-by-step guides, experiential challenges, access to the XVenture EARL Measure and rich content to make your next team development day a great success.

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