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Keys to Strengthening Hardiness and Resilience

...r Lead, Follow, or Wallow framework with a focus on building hardiness and resilience in ourselves and others. While strengthening resilience or bounce-back has been a key theme in much of my work, preparation for this keynote sent me back into my research files. How we use the F-Word is key to resilience. Is failure: Temporary or permanent? An experience or who we are? Something to be learned from or crushed by? Traumatizing or growth inducing? T...

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmmm….on Resilience

...themselves and others…an increasing body of empirical evidence shows that resilience – whether in children, survivors of concentration camps, or businesses back from the brink – can be learned.” Diane L. Coutu, “How Resilience Works,” Harvard Business Review “The leaders I met, whatever walk of life they were from, whatever institutions they were presiding over, always referred back to the same failure, something that happened to them that was pe...

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Building Our Resilience in Facing the F-Word

...itness, self-improvement courses available following the test, and “master resilience training” (MRT) for drill sergeants. These are based on PERMA: positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment — the building blocks of resilience and growth….MRT focuses on enhancing mental toughness, highlighting and honing strengths, and fostering strong relationships — core competencies for any successful manager.” CSF helps the soldi...

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Bounce Back: 9 Ways to Strengthen Resilience

...ve of very helpful resources. In her Harvard Business Review article, “How Resilience Works,” Diane Coutu writes, “Resilient people and companies face reality with staunchness, make meaning of hardship instead of crying out in despair, and improvise solutions from thin air. Others do not…We all know people who, under duress, throw up their hands and cry, ‘How can this be happening to me?’ Such people see themselves as victims, and living through h...

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Review of “You Are Awesome” by Neil Pasricha

...e is a vital skill. It’s crucial to our health, happiness, and leadership. Resilience is a muscle that we can strengthen – ideally before we really need it. Positive psychology research and best practices show that we can build resilience strengths or habits for Post-Traumatic Growth. Since I enjoyed and reviewed Neil’s previous book, The Happiness Equation, he sent me an advance copy of his new book, You Are Awesome: How to Navigate Change, Wrest...

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Hardiness and Resilience: When Giving In Can Give Us a Lift

...e persistence as important leadership qualities. To a point, they are. But resilience in the face of the hurricane-force winds of change is as often about being flexible like a palm tree rather than unbending like an oak. Like so much of life, it’s about balance. W.C. Fields was on to something about resilience when he quipped, “If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.” Sometimes the wisest thing to d...

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Resilience, Positivity, and the Power of Leadership

...rspectives on leadership. Alvin Law and the “Yes, I Can,” video illustrate resilience and the power of positivity — much like Helen showed in her life. Leadership lessons from our workshops and global trends show the enduring and universal themes of core leadership principles and the huge impact leaders have on engagement levels. Ultimately, leadership effectiveness grows from personal and organizational growth and development. If you aren’t a sub...

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Changing Our World: 5 Steps for Coming Out of Our Crisis

...and worked to build resilience. Approaches to strengthening hardiness and resilience are easy to understand, but tough to do, especially during traumatic times. We need constant reminders. A few months ago, I summarized nine ways I continue to find very helpful. Tomorrow we publish my June blogs in the July issue of The Leader Letter. Hopefully, you’ll find approaches in this issue to help strengthen resilience in yourself and others. “Empartnerm...

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmmm… on “Flourishing” from Martin Seligman

...d conduct problems could be reduced among children and adolescents through resilience training… if we want health, we should concentrate on building resilience — psychologically and physically — particularly among young people.” “It’s all too commonplace not to be mentally ill but to be stuck and languishing in life. Positive mental health is a presence: the presence of positive emotion, the presence of engagement, the presence of meaning, the pre...

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm…on Leading at the Speed of Change

...vices. Renewal must be the natural consequence of an organization’s innate resilience.” – Gary Hamel and Liisa Välikangas, “The Quest for Resilience,” Harvard Business Review “Unceasingly contemplate the generation of all things through change and accustom thyself to the thought that the nature of the universe delights above all in changing the things that exist and making new ones of the same pattern, for everything that exists is the seed of tha...

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm from…”You Are Awesome” by Neil Pasricha

Read my review of You Are Awesome by Neil Pasricha “Resilience is a skill we now have in very short supply. Not many of us have been through famines or wars or, let’s be honest, any form of true scarcity. We have it all! And the side effect is that we no longer have the tools to handle failure or even perceived failure. These days when we fall, we just lie on the sidewalk crying. We are turning into an army of porcelain dolls.” “Real growth, rea...

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Tips and Techniques for Leading in Turbulent Times

...Yourself – avoiding the Three Ps that undermine effectiveness Uplift: The Resilience Track to Bounce Back from a Set Back Choosing Our Framework – applying powerful new research from the rapidly emerging field of Positive Psychology to build resilience and agility From Groaning to Growing – recognizing when we’re leading, following, or wallowing Leader Shift – helping ourselves and our colleagues take the lead and avoid Pity City Rewiring Our Wor...

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Bouncing Back from Adversity is a Critical Leadership Skill

...fan.” I recently came across research from PEAK Learning that measured the resilience of 1,600 people in the UK and how their responses to adversity correlated with happiness, quality of life, exercise, diet, energy, optimism, engagement at work, sick days, and a broad range of health factors. The researchers found that “resilience was statistically significant in predicting not one or two, but all of these factors.” PEAK Learning CEO, Paul Stoltz...

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Review of “Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being” by Martin Seligman

...ave with the U.S. Army to provide Comprehensive Soldier Fitness and Master Resilience Training to hundreds of thousands. One goal is converting Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) into Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG). You can read a bit more on this from my previous blog post Building our Resilience in Facing the F-Word. Seligman concludes Flourish with his “moon shot objective” (inspired by President JF Kennedy’s audacious goal declared in 1961 to...

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Stepping Up to Avoid Wallowing in the Swamp

...ur through the emotional quagmire of why-me and this-isn’t-fair, but to languish there is deadly to our health, happiness, and success. Tomorrow we publish my November blogs in the December issue of The Leader Letter. The first article looks at the vital topic of hardiness and resilience so vital to dealing with life’s many setbacks and problems. You’ll also look further at the emerging research and approaches to building strengths. This is a key...

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm on…Organizational Culture (Part Two)

...Since finding meaning in one’s environment is such an important aspect of resilience, it should come as no surprise that the most successful organizations and people possess strong value systems. Strong values infuse an environment with meaning because they offer ways to interpret and shape events. – Diane L. Coutu, “How Resilience Works,” Harvard Business Review Unsuccessful transitions almost always founder during at least one of the following...

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New ‘Greater Good in Action’ Web Site is Very Useful

...pathy, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Happiness, Kindness, Mindfulness, Optimism, Resilience to Stress, and Self-Compassion. Clicking on any of these topic areas leads to a variety of “casual, moderate, or intensive” applications to address that practice. Each practice provides this menu: Why you should do it How to do it Evidence that it works Why it works Sources Comments and Reviews The site declares, “the practices in Greater Good in Action are for a...

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Leading the Way: 13 Approaches to Navigate Through the Storm

...m strong self-leadership. My recent blog Bounce Back: 9 Ways to Strengthen Resilience drew from a key slide on leading ourselves. I then moved on to a key slide with 13 approaches to lead others: Boost confidence with strengths and success — this is an especially important time to anchor your culture in a can-do spirit of how you’ve overcome past difficulties. Balance strengths and shifts — build on your heritage, desirable traditions, and core va...

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm from… “Deepening Community”

.... This connection strengthens the bonds between us. It builds an emotional resilience within and between us that, in turn, builds mutuality and reciprocity. We begin to open ourselves up to receive and give. Mutual acts of caring become the basis of an ever-stronger feeling of belonging. The deepest experience of community is the privilege to work together with others to make things better for someone else and for one another. To care about the sa...

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmmm on…”Great by Choice”

...ase discipline, respond with creativity, and heighten productive paranoia. Resilience, not luck, is the signature of greatness.” “…it’s what you do before the storm comes that most determines how well you’ll do when the storm comes. Those who fail to plan and prepare for instability, disruption, and chaos in advance tend to suffer more when their environments shift from stability to turbulence.” “Every 10Xer we studied aimed for much more than jus...

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