The Best Advice on Resiliency

Well, I have finally recuperated from our big annual conference for administrative excellence. We hosted 250 energetic administrative professionals from around the world for 4 days. We had an awesome event and amazing speakers this year who taught us how to be resilient. Each speaker took a different facet or element of resiliency and I talked about being proactively resilient. I want to share with you some of the advice we heard throughout our 4 day event. If you are interested in hearing all of our amazing speakers, you can purchase the Conference On Demand (available soon).

From Courtney Clark:

  • Life often doesn’t go according to our plans. Our personal resilience depends on being able to bounce back no matter what kind of detours life sends us on.
  • Resilience requires getting comfortable with Plan B.
  • We’re not entitled to easy.
  • Practice yoga and meditation.
  • Avoid letting stress bleed from work to home and vice versa.

From Lisa Olsen:

  • Resilient leaders have the right perspective. They don’t panic.
  • Resilience is not just reactive. It is essential to handling the daily stresses of life and career.
  • It’s not just simply accepting a bad situation as a means for coping with it.
  • Detect your iceberg: What underlying beliefs about a situation lie beneath the surface?
  • Practice real-time resilience; use “here and now” thinking.

My advice:

  • Be proactively resilient by future-proofing your career.
  • Stimulate increasing flexibility and adaptability in your current position.
  • Continue to be of value into the distant future.
  • See yourself like a palm tree; bend and sway with the winds of change but do not let the winds break you. When the winds of life die down, you will be stronger and better.
  • Success or failure are determined by your own talents as opposed to external factors.
  • Take daily workplace changes in stride.

From Kathy Tosoian:

  • Put things into perspective. What you go through, is what you grow through.
  • Manage stressful situations. You have three choices: 1) let it define you; 2) let it destroy you; 3) or let it strengthen you.
  • Focus on the positive.
  • Ask yourself, “What aspect can I control or change? What is the lesson or opportunity?”
  • Live your truth.
  • I will stop here although I could easily share another 50 great tips with you. Learning to be resilient is a skill we all need to develop.
  • Wishing you a great week.

Joan Burge




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