Thriving individuals create thriving organisations

What is The Thrive Programme in business?

The Thrive Programme in Business, is an evidence-based and innovative face-to-face training programme that has given thousands of individuals new skills and knowledge to successfully manage their mindset in today’s busy, and often stressful, world.

The aim of the programme is to teach individuals within organisations to create strong psychological and emotional foundations, and manage their thinking so they can live their professional and personal lives to the full. When a person's foundations are strong, they don't create stress and anxiety.

The Thrive Programme in Business enables individuals to take positive steps forward rather than being stuck in neutral, or even worse, a downward spiral. 

Thriving individuals create thriving organisations.

What topics are covered in The Thrive Programme in business?

The Thrive Programme is a structured training programme that helps individuals understand:

  • How stress, anxieties, and fears are created and how to overcome them

  • What makes you tick including what specific “thinking styles” you use every day

  • The ‘Psychological Foundations’ that dictate how you lead your life - your sense of how much control you believe you have in your life, and your self confidence and social confidence

  • How an excessive desire for control can increase stress/anxiety

  • How your self-confidence can be changed in just two weeks and what impact this has on your life

  • How your social anxiety can be reduced so you feel confident around others

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Learn the skills that thriving people use every day

Who is the thrive programme for?

Any organisation can benefit from adding The Thrive Programme to your employee development strategy. You may want to:

  1. Implement a proactive "mental wellbeing" programme that any employee can participate in so they learn the skills that thriving people use well
  2. Support employees remaining within the business to cope with change following a business restructure so they feel emotionally strong and empowered


Organisations are starting to realise they have highly educated employees who are very capable, but that's no longer enough.

In today's fast-paced and competitive world, having employees that are engaged and thriving is critical. The evidence to support this is much sharper and more compelling than ever. There are statistically robust studies that show that when you are sleep-deprived (caused by stress or anxiety) it affects cognitive functioning and emotional resilience. For data-driven leaders who need to know there's a valid reason for providing employees with "resilience/emotional wellbeing" programmes, the scientific evidence is there.


If your organisation has recently gone through a business restructure, then everyone is impacted, not just those who have left the organisation. Those who remain are often referred to as "unaffected" yet they are far from unaffected.

They may experience feelings of distress during and following periods of significant change. Typical reactions include fear, grief, depression, resentment, a reduction in energy and motivation, difficulty concentrating, and even symptoms of physical illness. These reactions are normal, but if left unaddressed can easily reduce short-term productivity and leave long-term scars that affect both individual and team performance.

People are not so much resistant to change, but rather have difficulty coping with change, particularly when it is out of their control.

Re-establishing a sense of purpose and engagement after restructuring can be a challenging prospect requiring a thoughtful plan of action.

The Thrive Programme can also be delivered as 1:1 coaching for business leaders.

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There's no hiding from change. Embrace it

Why is the Thrive Programme important NOW?

Organisations are operating in a world that is changing faster than ever. Disruptive technologies, the 24/7 employee, global markets, continuous business restructures, changing government policies, and new competition hiding around every corner. For some it’s exciting and challenging. For others it is stressful and agonising. 

And let’s not forget that outside of this dynamic business world, every employee is an individual with a family, a home, financial considerations, and health goals. This individual’s “outside business” world may be going through a turbulent period. A financial setback, an unexpected health issue, or any other of life’s curveballs.

Developing a strong and healthy mindset is central to coping with change, managing emotions, and overall wellbeing. 

Here is what research is telling us:

  • Globally, compelling research and statistics are showing that populations are not thriving. Stress and anxiety are increasing. We have less time to do what gives us pleasure, and we are connected to our technologies 24/7. 
  • The Australian Psychological Society has conducted an annual “Stress and Wellbeing in Australia” Survey since 2011. In 2015, the survey recorded the highest levels of anxiety symptoms since the survey began. 
  • Safe Work Australia released a report in 2013 on “work-related mental stress” based on an analysis of claims submitted in prior years. Their summary findings included: 
  • The loss of productivity and absence of workers is costing Australian businesses more than $10 billion per year
  • Typically mental stress claims result in workers being absent from the workplace for long periods of time
  • Rates of adults being overweight continues to rise in Australia. This alone impacts disease, finances, and emotional wellbeing and can lead to high levels of stress and anxiety.
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Positive people have a positive impact

Benefits to the organisation

Individuals who are thriving are more likely to be resilient, confident, healthier, happier, and more successful. Their impact on others will be positive. They won’t simply be satisfied and productive. They’ll be highly energised, able to handle setbacks … they’ll be thriving. Teams and organisations can benefit in terms of productivity, innovation, results, and reduced stress leave.

The Thrive Programme in Business will deal with some of these typical conversations happening at the workplace bubbler:

  • “I'm just stressed all the time. I don't feel there's any end in sight."
  • "I wonder when the next round of change is happening? I'm not sure I can cope with this all over again."
  • "I've got an important presentation next week and with everything that's going on, I'm already feeling stressed by the thought of it."
  • I'm glad my role wasn't made redundant but I feel overwhelmed with how my role has been changed."
  • Having difficult conversations with anyone - team, clients, anyone - is hard. I'm not very good at it so it usually doesn't end as well as I intended."
  • "I'm a perfectionist and end up doing a lot more work than I probably need to - but I'm drowning."

Flexible delivery to suit everyone

how is the thrive programme in business delivered?

The Thrive Programme in Business is delivered face-to-face to small (maximum 12) groups of participants. 

It can be delivered as:

  • 6 x 2 hour sessions (weekly or fortnightly)
  • 4 x half day sessions (2-4 weeks apart)
  • 2 x full day sessions (2-4 weeks apart)

Each participant receives a comprehensive workbook incorporating reading material.

Each participant also benefits from a 45 min personal coaching sessions to be taken within three months of the programme completion. These personal coaching sessions can be delivered face-to-face or via an online application.



The Thrive Programme can also be delivered as a 1:1 coaching programme for business leaders who want to learn how to manage stress/anxiety, the desire for control, perfectionism, confidence, and many other unhelpful behaviours or thinking that aren’t supporting your overall wellbeing.

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It began over 25 years ago

The history of the Thrive Programme

In 2005, Rob Kelly, a psychotherapist in the UK with over 25 years of clinical experience, started testing out a number of psychological interventions he had been developing with a researcher at Cambridge University.

Rob began mapping out the cognitive processes and thinking styles that are linked to limiting beliefs people held about themselves and their lives. The Thrive Programme emerged from his clinical experience and the ongoing research. Rob has run events and workshops all over the world and is the author of six books for The Thrive Programme.