Lessons on Learning, Not Losing

Lessons on Learning, Not Losing

Lessons on learning, not losing: How mental toughness redefines loss & failure as opportunity.

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Mental toughness (MT) has a great deal of evidence to support its use in business, but it is also broadly misunderstood because of its roots in competitive sport and other high-performance arenas such as the military. There are lots of stories of professional athletes and folks like Navy SEALS who talk about MT. But what about the rest of us? In this session, we will discuss what MT really is – and the critical values of mental sensitivity and mental flexibility in enhancing our performance, becoming more willing risk takers, being more resilient, having more interpersonal success, and how to not only learn from mistakes but also actively and enthusiastically seek out opportunities for new learning.

Dr. Brent Macdonald is a registered psychologist in Alberta, PEI, Nova Scotia, and the Northwest Territories. He is a sessional instructor in the Departments of Psychology, Continuing Education, and Community, Health & Education at Mount Royal University. He is also an adjunct assistant professor with the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Brent is a frequent guest on CBC Radio, Global Calgary Morning and Global Newshour, Breakfast Television, and CTV2’s Alberta Primetime. He is currently the lead psychologist with his own practice, Macdonald Psychology Group (complexlearners.com), which in addition to providing counselling and assessment services, also provides consultation services to the business community with a focus on enhancing the mental wellness of entrepreneurs.


Jun 09 2021


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm



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