Is Your And Your Team's Resilience Or Mindset Holding You Back?

Often we think of resilience and wellbeing just from the angle of the physical aspects – sleep, hydration, exercise and nutrition. However, resilience also is about the mental and emotional aspects of wellbeing and resilience.

What do we mean when we say that? We mean it also crucially means:

  1. having a clear sense of purpose and direction to help to move forward without getting stuck or feeling held back.
  2. having self-confidence and motivation (inner drive rather than procrastination).
  3. having an open, curious, flexible and optimistic mindset, enabling a positive and adaptive response to change and challenges.
  4. being able to utilise, sustain and build powerful relationships and pull on those in challenging times.

For an Individual or Team to have Healthy High Performance you need to apply a holistic view and strategy covering the physical, mental and emotional pillars of resilience and wellbeing.


  1. If your team is 'performing' is that performance Healthy High Performance or coming at a cost?
    • Are you seeing unhealthy conflicts and tension increasing?
      • If Yes do you know what the causes are? 
    • Are you seeing absenteeism going up?
      • If yes: What Is the Impact on other members of the team that may be needing to pick up this extra work?
  2. Do you and your team have flexible and agile thinking
    • or is yours and your team’s thinking stuck in a fixed mindset not able to let go of old ways of doing things?
    • is there a worry that letting go will mean that everything must change?
      • If so, what would help the team feel comfortable with new ways of working and change?
  3. Is innovation and creativity occurring easily, especially under times of stress and deadlines? Or Are you and the team finding that creative solution generation seems to be blocked?
    • Are the team able to spot new opportunities and look at how to grasp those?
    • Does the team know how to co-create a solution or do they work in independent silos? 
    • Does the team understand what is at stake if innovation and solution generation doesn’t occur?
  4. Are the team aware of and playing to their own and each other’s strengths?
    • Have you mapped out what the different strengths are and discussed how best to use them? This is a great way to really get to know each other and build a strong team.
  5. How does the team feel about Change
    • Do they feel safe with change?
      • Is there a belief that Change can be for good or is Change to be feared?
    • Do you all feel the same or is there a difference in beliefs?
    • Have you spent time as a Team to understand what is needed to make everyone feel safer about the change?
    • If you are going through change, do you and your team know about The Change Curve? And know where each person is on it and how you can support each other?
  6. Does the team engage in constructively challenging one another?
    • Can they see this constructive challenge and differing views as ways to improve, adapt and grow?

WHAT YOU CAN DO - If the answers to some of the questions are not what you wanted them to be, here are a few things you can consider doing:

  1. Firstly have the conversations and ask some of the questions that are raised in this audit.
  2. Look at The Pressure: Performance Curve below and ask where your team members each feel they are on it.

Consider doing a Workplace Resilience and Wellbeing questionnaire; ensure it is one that covers physical, mental and emotional angles and would lead to strategies to address the areas needed. 

  1. (Yes we do these -WRAW - and for the sake of transparency we want to be open about the fact that there are many others out there too).
  2. Hybrid working means wellbeing and resilience may be less observable then when you were in the office together. Discuss as a team what signs would tell you someone else is struggling and agree how you can look out for yourselves and each other.
  3. Agree ways of working and strategies that support everyone getting the sleep, exercise and home/personal time they need in a day or week, to be at their best.
If this exercise has piqued your Interest In learning more about how to assess and implement Your Workplace Wellbeing and Resilience, and see results, please do contact us at:

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