" It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. " ~ John Steinbeck
Welcome! Resilience & Burnout
The focus of this module is on building your resilience wardrobe, including the following practices:
For more on resilience, watch this Tedx Talk on the three secrets of resilient people by Resilience Researcher Lucy Hone. As you listen, make a note in your workbook about the three strategies she suggests for becoming resilient.
I hope this talk helps you to know that you are not alone in dealing with life’s challenges, and provides some hope and evidence-based practices that can help any of us improve our resilience over time to not only cope with adversity, but to eventually rise up strong and thrive again.
Vicious & Resilient Cycles
Spend some focused writing time on what your vicious cycles are. Then, turn to your workbook and draw your vicious cycle, along with a draft resilient one. I say “draft” here because you may change this and add to it many times as you learn and develop new practices. But based on what you know now, at this moment, draw a cycle that you can turn to when you feel yourself being drawn into that vicious cycle again. This resilient cycle will help you to consciously choose a different path each time that happens.
In your workbook, also take the time to draw a vicious cycle that your team sometimes gets into. Draw a suggested resilient cycle. Take this idea to the next team meeting you are leading and try doing the exercise together with your team.
The Importance Of Sleep
What are three things you can do today to develop better sleep habits? Make a note of this in your workbook.
What harmful habits and practices do you need to stop, or let go of, in order to develop a more resilient path forward? What practices are serving you? What new practices do you need to develop? Watch this short clip and then do this exercise in your workbook.
Try doing this exercise with your team or group as well. Draw the columns up on a white board or flip chart and give people sticky notes and flow pens. Ask them to place their thoughts in each column and then review the results together. (This exercise can be done with a virtual board like JamBoard, or the White Board feature on Zoom if you are working with a virtual team.) Pick something as a team that needs to stop, something that is working that you can build on, and some new practice to start.
... and a Couple More Practices
What ideas do you have about managing your energy throughout the day or becoming more email intelligent? Turn to your workbook now and take time to jot down some ideas.
Understanding your vicious cycles and developing resilient ones
Determining what habits and practices to let go of, continue, and start
Building your resilience wardrobe through developing practices that will increase your energy and resilience (such as email intelligence, sleep habits, taking breaks and disconnecting)
Determine what vicious cycles your team gets into, and discuss together how to develop resilient ones, and develop a set of practices to follow.
Discuss with your team ways of becoming more email intelligent.
Based on the research of Maslach and Leiter, are there mismatches between your organizational values and what is practiced (e.g. how people are rewarded)? What question do you need to ask and to whom, to get that conversation started?
Don't forget to read Chapter 6: Ignite Positivity before you start the next module.