ReliaQuest has announced a new appointment of Derin McMains as its Director of Mental Conditioning, brining extensive experience as a mental performance coach for Major League Baseball teams. McMains is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology and holds a Master of Science in Psychology as well as a Master of Arts in Sport and Exercise Psychology. As ReliaQuest’s Director of Mental Conditioning, McMains will be reporting directly to Brian Murphy, CEO.
Murphy said: “Whether in sports or business, a mindset-focused approach to performance simply works, and it’s an initiative that has fuelled ReliaQuest’s rapid growth. After consulting with us and driving impactful results, it’s a natural progression for Derin to join us full-time. This will allow us to take our performance to an even higher level.”
Using proven psychological theories and applied mental skills practices, McMains focuses his mental conditioning work at ReliaQuest on three key areas:
- Teaching the psychological components of high performance, centred around ReliaQuest’s core values of adaptability, accountability, focus and helpfulness;
- Driving mindset messaging across the organisation, including finding creative ways to communicate the mindset professionals should strive for each day, and being intentional about setting our minds to focus on the controllable;
- Supporting ReliaQuest to clarify strategy, processes and communications to achieve goals, while developing long-term habits that drive consistency in execution.
“I’ve spent the last 20 years in some of the most high-pressure environments and I’ve learned that it’s your mind that takes you from good to great. Training your mind is the separator at the highest levels,” said McMains. “My goal is simple — help individuals and teams stay focused on what’s most important to give them the best chance to dominate their space. Every day is game day at ReliaQuest.”