During this hybrid era of work, I have noticed and appreciated how open, personal, and supportive clients and colleagues are interacting. The standard greeting of “How are you?” brings all sorts of personal stories from triumphs to challenges of how we’re going through this time of disruption. It’s why topics such as employee well-being, burnout, company care and concern, and resilience have become vital topics for leaders and learning. Progressive executive teams are making crisis resilience plans with learning from the past year to consider how to be better prepared and positioned for the next black swan event.
What if we added a question to our conversations, “How are you growing?”? How are you preparing to be better equipped and positioned for the future of work? A focus on developing greater resilience is one way to help future-proof yourself as a leader, your teams, and your organization.
Resilience is defined as adaptation to the challenges and trauma of everyday life. It includes emotional intelligence skills that can be learned by leaders, teams, and organizations to demonstrate emotional strength and effectiveness during tough times – with recovery afterwards. And it has close ties to our physical and mental health and well-being.
There are many meaningful growth stories for us to carry forward as leaders and teams to develop our collective organizational resilience. I’ve learned that it’s important to ask and share these stories with each other.