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Performance Psychology for Business

While the concepts of sport psychology arose from research and application in the competitive sport domain, it quickly became apparent that the same principles could be applied to any field of endeavour, with business performance at the forefront. The variety of mental skills necessary for successful coaching - skills ranging from goal setting and motivation, to decision making and leadership - can be used just as effectively to improve performance in business management. Similarly, the considerations relating to staff recruitment, retention and management, are reflected in the concerns of every professional sports' team development.


The bad leader is one the people despise; the good leader is one the people praise; and the great leader is when the people say, 'We did it ourselves.' [Lao-tzu]

The benefits of acquiring performance psychology skills include improved communication among all levels of staff; increased ability to attract and retain staff  more closely aligned with your organisation’s corporate culture; greater commercial awareness and service excellence; an open, more transparent and common purpose; and shared organisational goals.

GMT Psychology can offer a range of tailored psychological skills and psychoeducation training to suit each organisation's needs. Example of such topics include the following:

Performance Psychology for Managers

Performance psychology for managers addresses the broad and challenging demands made on managers, and outlines the ways in which performance psychology principles can assist in meeting those demands more effectively, and in a less stressful manner. The performance context recognises the competing responsibilities of the business manager including:

Mental Health for Business Owners and Managers

The biggest risk for a business owner, especially sole traders or highly geared business people, is their health, in particular their mental health. Without robust mental health, a business owner can struggle to think clearly, struggle with compromised memory, get physically sick more often, suffer from fatigue, be more angry, less decisive, less able to problem solve or innovate, and so much more. By learning about one's mental health, a businessperson can more ably grow their business, and enjoy that very process.

Other more specific psychological skills are referenced below.

Mental Skills

An overview of the range of mental skills that can be learned to optimize staff and management performance can be found on the Mental Skills For Performance page. A more focused set of mental skills tailored to managers and coaches, can be found on the Coaching page.

Team Development and Building Organisational Culture

If you get the team right, you get the organisational culture right.

Click here for an overview of Team Development topics.