I’ve been working with teams for the last twenty years as a coach – and prior to that was in a variety of junior and senior global and virtual teams myself. I was also on the UK Board of the ICF for two years.
In all that time, I’ve come to realise the importance of team resilience – particularly when the pressure is on. Because whilst there are many external pressures on teams and organisations that we may not be able to control there are also a lot of things that we CAN influence and change. The problem is, so many teams get stuck in what I call the ‘victim spiral’ and put all their energy into feeling helpless, ‘done to’ and powerless – this isn’t helpful for them, for their collective health and well-being or for the organisation.
Here are what I believe to be the six characteristics of a resilient team:
Apparently, one of the biggest challenges to our resilience is our co-workers!
If you’re surrounded by mood hoovers, drama kings or queens or whiners and whingers you are quite likely to be feeling short of resilience right now.
As you can see from the graph above a UK study indicated that ‘managing difficult relationships/politics in the workplace’ is shown as the biggest drain on resilience at work.
Similarly, a recent USA Today study revealed that:
So, 25 days in to the New Year – how are those resolutions holding up? Not working out?
Either they don’t have enough emotional importance for you, they’re the wrong resolutions or you’re making excuses (‘not enough time’ and ‘too difficult’ being the most common……)
Beating yourself up serves no-one.
I love a good checklist and I know that you do too.
I’ve put this one together to help you and your team get absolutely clear on what’s working and what isn’t – questions about your organisation, questions for your team and for you personally.
You can complete the checklist online.
Contact me if you’d like the link!
I’m always tempted at this time of year to rush headlong into goal setting. But I’ve found it much more powerful to reflect on the previous year first. These questions work for me:
That’s it for another year.
Your tree’s looking a bit sad and droopy (if it’s still there).
Maybe you’re feeling a bit sad and droopy too.
Or you’re energised and raring to go feeling shiny and sparkly about the year ahead.
Or … you’ve got all these feelings going on at the same time….. you feel conflicted.
Because you’re at a crossroads.
Thank you for being part of my community – for reading my work, commenting, agreeing and disagreeing – and sharing.
I really appreciate it.
I wish you a joyful and happy Christmas and see you in 2019.
Maybe I live in a cave and everyone knows about this book, but if you haven’t come across it, ask Santa to drop it down your chimney this Christmas.
Compelling, frightening, illuminating and completely mind boggling.
And I’m only half way through!
The lowest, saddest points of my leadership career were when I felt completely useless – drowning in the detail and floundering like a fish in a shark-infested sea.
I couldn’t hold my own; stand up for what I believed was right for our customers (because other louder voices had another agenda) and flapping and waffling when I had to speak to one of the Executive board. I felt exposed and vulnerable.
This year has been a tough one for many reasons.
Two tragic events – one family death – my wonderful sister – and one natural disaster (flooding) in our village that, frankly, have been almost too momentous to take in.
I count my blessings. Our house was hardly touched in the floods – but so sad to see friends and neighbours who lost so much.