3 Ways to Improve Your Resilience

January 25, 2022
January 25, 2022 Jamie Notter

I can’t think of a skill/capacity for today’s workplace that is more important than resilience. We all have to be ready for plans to change, priorities to shift, and new approaches to be adopted at a moment’s notice. Resilience means you can take those changes in stride, which is critical because slowing down to gnash your teeth about the change is only going to set you further behind.

In our Growth Mindset online course, we offer three ways to help you improve your resilience:

  1. Expand your EQ comfort zone. In the first unit of the course, you’ll complete a DiSC profile and we will include a specific report that examines your emotional intelligence comfort zone, and then we have an exercise where you identify ways to push yourself out of that comfort zone. It doesn’t matter where you are on the DiSC circle, there will be some important areas that you tend to avoid, and that’s exactly where you need to build capacity if you want to be more resilient.
  2. Get more confident about conflict. In times of constant change (like now), conflict becomes more prevalent. It’s unavoidable, yet so many of us tend to avoid conflict, which only makes it worse. In the second unit of the course, we include two key tools/frameworks that I’ve been using in conflict interventions for decades. They help you have more successful conflict conversations, moving through the conflict more quickly, thus freeing up your bandwidth for dealing with the next change.
  3. Learn how to let go of control. This capacity is particularly important for resilience at the team level. In the course, we have an exercise where you will evaluate the practices and approaches of your team that keep you focused on maintaining control, because these are precisely the approaches that limit your speed and agility. We adapt a technique from the excellent book, Blue Ocean Strategy to help you identify new approaches that help you let go of control and unlock speed.
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If you feel like your resilience could use a boost, then take a closer look at our Cultivating a Growth Mindset Course. We only open it up for registrations every three months, and the next cohort will begin on February 15th, so register today.

Jamie Notter

Jamie is an author and growth strategist at PROPEL, where he helps leaders integrate culture, strategy, and execution to achieve breakthrough performance and impact. He brings twenty-five years of experience to his work designing culture-driven businesses, and has specialized along the way in areas like conflict resolution and generations. Jamie is also the co-author of three books—Humanize, When Millennials Take Over, and The Non-Obvious Guide to Employee Engagement—and holds a Master’s in conflict resolution from George Mason and a certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown, where he serves as adjunct faculty.
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