The skills required to conquer adversity and emerge stronger and more committed than ever are the same ones that make for extraordinary leaders. Why do certain people naturally inspire confidence, loyalty, and hard work, while others (who may have just as much vision and smarts) stumble? It’s a timeless
In a marathon, pacing and perseverance are paramount. Few companies think critically about the strategic principles needed to endure or have the foresight to temper their pace in anticipation of the long journey that lay ahead. Enduring companies are not one trick ponies. Companies with a long-term vision will recognize
More than education, experience, and training, a person’s level of resilience will determine if he or she succeed or fail. Almost all resilience theories overlap in that resilient people possess three characteristics: 1) acceptance of reality; 2) belief that life is meaningful; 3) an uncanny ability to improvise. You
Before you go deep into your next “would have, should have, could have” spiral; stop and realize that 'ruminating' isn’t just unpleasant; it leads to poor problem-solving, anxiety, and depression. The good news is that there are simple solutions: 1) Distance yourself psychologically. When you feel concern about how
Humor is an under-appreciated tool for engaging employees and building resilient cultures. Many leaders have to work at it. Leaders with humor can build stronger cultures, unleash more creativity, and even negotiate better deals. Research also shows cultures that incorporate humor are more resilient. Humor is also helpful in times
In 1972, Nando Parrado and his rugby teammates were traveling to Chile, and their flight never arrived at its destination; it tragically crashed at 18,000 feet in the Cordillera de los Andes. In the two-and-a-half months that followed, his life was changed completely. Nando made a superhuman effort, survived
Resilience is less about bouncing back from major hardship, and more about the ability to adapt to complex change and problems constantly. Below are four strategies that can be employed to build your resilience through deeper self-knowledge: 1) Don't second-guess yourself to a paralyzing degree when faced with precedent-setting changes.