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Resilience

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Resilience is a determination to overcome obstacles and the ability to bounce back after setbacks. It’s often described as displaying a mental, emotional and personal toughness combined with a deep self-insight and learning capacity.

There are several distinct elements to resilience, as identified by our good friends at A&DC:

  • Self Belief
  • Direction
  • Goal Orientation
  • Emotional Control
  • Optimism
  • Ingenuity
  • Seeking Support
  • Adaptability

Arguably the most important of all of those elements is adaptability, being willing and able to adapt to evolving situations, finding alternatives way to achieve the same outcome.

How do you develop Resilience?

When we assess individuals for resilience we’ve found that the star performers all share some common traits:

Jelly Bean Diversity

Individuals have developed a wide set of skills and learnt to use them these flexibly.  They’re keen to understand and learn about a broad set of issues.

They also tend to be highly self-reflective, understand their own capabilities, de-railing factors and their impact on others.  They’re also incredibly proactive about listening & acting on feedback

Importantly, they acknowledge when things go wrong, learn and move on.  They’ve also nurtured the ability to absorb pressure or difficulties and to act as a buffer for the team.

To learn more about self reflection follow me, or to learn about your impact on others follow me…

In many ways resilience is all about attitude; it’s about recognising that change can be a positive thing and changing your behaviour is sometimes necessary to continue to achieve your goals.  So for example when you put plans in place, anticipate what changes might occur and allow for that change in your planning.

Below are some questions designed to help you reflect on your resilience:

Describe a time at work when you have had to work under pressure.

Why were there increasing demands?  What did that mean for you?  What did that mean for others?  How did you respond?  Why did you take that approach?  What feedback did you get?

Think about a time when you have had to deal with a crisis or emergency.

How did this affect you?  What did you do to resolve the crisis?  What decisions did you need to make?  How did you do this?  Who did you have to work with?  What challenges did you face?  How did you overcome them?  What feedback did you get?

When have you  had to ask for help?

Why did you decide to go to them?  What did you say?

It will also be helpful to remember the locus of control – if you’re upset, annoyed or frustrated about something, think about what you can control and get to it!

We recently came across this little gem from Phil Dobson on wecommend.com – here he talks about Resilience Through Improved Brain Fitness and The SENSE Model, describing the five keys to improving brain fitness: Stress Management, Exercise, Nutrition, Sleep, and Experience (S.E.N.S.E.).

It’s well worth a click!

 

 

Strong.  Like Bull. ™ courtesy of Ben Stiller in ‘There’s Something About Mary’

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