Sport ‘mechanic of the mind’ brings Olympic expertise to firms – BBC News

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For someone who has delved into the minds of many top UK athletes, Prof Steve Peters takes surprisingly little interest in sport.

“The first time I fulfilled Steven Gerrard I asked him what he did, ” says the psychiatrist, who has worked with both the England and Liverpool football teams.

He has also utilized his abilities with numerous footballers including Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, as well as snooker star Ronnie O’Sullivan, and cyclists Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Victoria Pendleton.

His expertise has also been sought out by athletics from taekwondo to fencing.

But away from the spotlight, many businesses too are utilizing sport’s “mechanic of the mind” in order to get the best out of their employees.

Chimp sabotage

Prof Peters, a cherubic-looking 63 -year-old, is author of the best-selling personal developing volume The Chimp Paradox. It explains how we can control this inner primate, an emotional beast who guesses and acts without the say-so of our most rational consciousness.

The Teessider says his mission is to help the human mind reach peak performance, whether in athletic, business or everyday life.

Image copyright PA Image caption Prof Peters has worked with top sporting names over 15 years, including cyclist Victoria Pendleton

He says that if sports organisations and firms don’t invest in emotional skills, there is a danger that employees’ inner chimp might unknowingly go into “catastrophe mode” and sabotage things in times of high stress.

“We as a team help people understand and gain insight into the route their intellect works, and how they can work better in their own unique organisation, and how they can reach their own unique objectives, ” he tells me.

That might not inevitably be about increasing company earnings, but could be about creating a happier workforce, or one where there is less churn of staff leaving for other jobs.

‘Mind requests’

Prof Peters says that in sport and business every challenge is different.

“There is a great deal of difference between a 100 m sprinter and a chess player – one looks at process, and the other is much more analytical and thinking, ” he says.

“As such there would be variable petitions made of the mind.

Image caption Prof Steve Peters is offering expertise from the sports sector to businesses

“In business it is the same. One business might merely be selling one product, and they say they will make it to certain parameters.

“But another vying business might say they want to constantly upgrade the product.”

Overcoming restraints

His firm, Chimp Management, does not go into a athletic or enterprises to “solution solve”.

Rather, it looks at what an organisation – and individuals in it – wants to achieve and looks to provide insights.

Image copyright Roland Daniells Image caption Prof Peters’ book is read by directors in athletic and business

“We listen to what they want, where they want to go, and then make suggestions, ” says Prof Peters.

“We have got to see the world through their eyes, see what is restraint them, and tackle that together.

“We help them make sense of the mind and develop skills to optimise how they operate in line with their goals.”

‘More honest’

Prof Peters says in athletic and business there are four criteria that can help an organisation function better 😛 TAGEND understanding how the brain is structured, and differentiating between emotional and logical thinking understanding how other people guess, and how to get the best out of them communicating effectively, and how this can help to get more out of workplace relationships creating a world of employment that can enhance the performance in human beings and teams Image caption Prof Steve Peters has been advising City firm Nicoll Curtin Has degrees in mathematics, medicine, and medical education( Masters level ). Also postgraduate qualifications in sports medication, education and psychiatry For 12 years he was based at Rampton high-security hospital, working with someones suffering from severe personality disorder Has been with the University of Sheffield as a Senior Clinical Lecturer since 1994, and is now Undergraduate Dean of Sheffield Medical School Fifteen years ago was introduced by an ex-Sheffield student to the British cycling team and in 2005 was hired as their full-time psychiatrist A keen runner who has held multiple World Masters Champion Titles and records over 100 m, 200 m and 400 m Image caption Prof Peters has already been worked with Liverpool, including players such as Jordan Henderson Image caption Prof Peters has helped Ronnie O’Sullivan change his outlook on life

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