Category Archives: Resilient

Are You Doing the 9 Things Positive Leaders Do?

I am keenly aware of the importance of positivity in leadership.  The environment in which we are living is so full of negativity that it can become overwhelming to process it and keep one’s positive outlook.  Fortunately, a prolific leadership writer, Jon Gordon has written a book to help us. If you are challenged by this, I offer you the next two week’s posts borrowed from Leading Blog to uplift you. “We must confront the negativity we come across, but we shouldn’t dwell on it. We deal with it and move on. It is because we will have to overcome …

How Do You Manage in the Gray?

This week’s Step Up Leader Tips borrows from Leading Blog.  We outline an approach to a common leadership conundrum:  How To Manage in the Gray? Leadership today requires more than ever before.  Leaders need to make decisions based on facts, and to discern the difference between opinion and fact.  They need to analyze what is known, to integrate seemingly unrelated fields, and often under extreme time pressure. In his book, “Managing in the Gray,” Joseph Badaracco offers us 5 key questions to help. He urges readers to avoid temptation to skip one or pick a favorite.  “This approach improves deliberation …

When The Going Gets Tough I…..

Recently I’ve experienced a number of tough challenges.  I’ve also been hearing from friends and colleagues who’ve been voicing the same.  This got me to reflect on my habits and patterns. I’ve also observed how others who receive challenging news manage to courageously embrace “what is.” Leadership is an opportunity to evolve and develop aspects of yourself that will impact you and others.  It’s a chance to examine your beliefs about people and things; how you manage your uncertainty; where you allow your fear to overtake your courage.  It all shows up in your leadership.  This is why looking at …

Resilience Revisited: Recharge or Relapse

Shawn Achor writes in the Harvard Business Review that resilience requires more than resting.  It requires recovery.  What’s the difference? “So how do we recover and build resilience? Most people assume that if you stop doing a task like answering emails or writing a paper, that your brain will naturally recover, such that when you start again later in the day or the next morning, you’ll have your energy back. But surely everyone reading this has had times where you lie in bed for hours, unable to fall asleep because your brain is thinking about work. If you lie in …

Are You Allowing for a Recovery Period?

I see it all the time with clients.  I’ve done it myself.  Push and push and push some more.  That’s what we’re supposed to do to “get things done.”  Work during the day; work at night and on the weekends.  Why some of us even work throughout our vacations because we “have to.”  But where is the recovery period? In the Harvard Business Review (HBR) this week, bestselling author Shawn Achor, (The Happiness Advantage), talks about the impact of overwork, and the need to cultivate true resilience.  What it requires, may not be what you think. Science is demonstrating that …