Emergency services personnel, along with individuals across other fast-moving and complex environments, often have to make quick and critical decisions under immense pressure.
We spend a huge amount of time actively making decisions, but we’re not taught about the influences on thinking and behaviour.
Join former police officer and expert leadership thinking coach Ian Washington-Smith to explore how individuals in the emergency services and high-pressure roles can develop mental agility, thinking and behavioural alternatives in order to thrive.
My first career in the police service and the roles I had in it, became perhaps the best people apprenticeship you could have. Where else could you do things as diverse as following the career path of a Detective Inspector, becoming a Diversity Manager and a founder of a representative group like the Thames Valley Black Police Association? There was much to learn and I learnt a lot. As Founder of Mindsmith, I have combined this developing knowledge with my management and operational portfolio to add value to a very different industry.
Tim is a Lead Instructor and the Eleos Team’sprogramme designer. He is passionate about helping people and organisations confront adversity head on in search of sustaining optimal health to underpin performance.
With a background in product and graphic design Tim enjoyed 14 very active years in the British Army, including two operational tours, completing both Commando and Airborne selection and received an award for gallantry in 2007.
Having experienced ten years of changeable mental health and then significant mental illness Tim led a self-determined recovery by actively unpacking the root causes and the unhelpful behaviours that followed. Tim has experienced first-hand the complexities that poor mental health can create in both daily life and how it can be compounded within a high-performance culture, especially upon relationships, judgement and decision-making.
He understands the critical role of mastering a resilient mindset as the foundation to performance in life and applying practical personal strategies that embed positive, progressive development. An avid sportsman, he values the role physical fitness has to play in keeping the mind healthy and in the ongoing development of mental fitness.
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