Tag: Resilience

Rebuilding Your Team After a Setback

Rebuilding Your Team After a Setback

Are your team developing the persistence and resilience to keep getting up when they get knocked down, but they are getting weary to get themselves on their feet again without any progress? Your team needs more than the ability to get up again after a setback, they need a plan to help determine what they need to do after getting back up again.

Related: Resilience Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Finalize The Team Goal

The team needs to settle on a definitive goal that they want to reach. Determine what that goal is and remember that goals shapes plans, plans shapes action, action achieves results and results bring success. If your team cannot finalize their goal they will not be able to turn their failures into successes. It is always better for your team to aim at something they want, even if they miss it, then get something they did not aim to get and did not want. If the team looks long enough for what you want, they are almost sure to find it.

Order The Team Plans

There is no guarantee that the plan will be carried out correctly, the way the team envisioned it. But if the team neglects the plan, chances for success will be slim.

Risk Failing by Taking Action

Planning alone will not bring your team success, they have to take action. Moving forward on a plan and actually doing it always involve risk. The team has to put themselves on the line if they are going to reach the finish line.

Welcome Mistakes in the Team

Encourage your team that mistakes are not to be avoided but embraced. Mistakes are signals that the team is moving into new territory, breaking new ground and making progress.

Advance Based on Character

Every time a team faces a mistake and attempt to move forward, it is a test of character. After a team has been knocked down and they had the will to get back up, the intelligence to plan a comeback and courage to take action, they had a defining moment. In these moments the team is defined as achievers or quitters. Being prepared for these moments and knowing they are coming, increases your team’s chances of winning their way through it.

Develop New Strategies to Succeed

After your team has developed a plan and put it into action, they are still not finished. In fact, if your team wants to succeed, they are never finished. Success is a journey and a continual process. Your team will never create the perfect plan or execute it without error. They will never get to a point where they no longer make mistakes or fail. Failures are merely milestones on the success journey.


Source: Failing Forward, John C. Maxwell


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How To Build a Persistent Team

How To Build a Persistant Team

Persistence in a team is that little difference that makes a big difference. It is a quality that separates teams that achieve success from those who only dream about success. Nothing worth achieving comes easy and your team will have to develop tenacity and persistence to be successful. These two important qualities are mainly learned from developing the habit of following through on commitments when the team members do not feel like it. The following is a four point plan for encouraging stamina and resistance in your team.

Related: Resilience Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Find a Purpose for the Team

Having  a sense of purpose keeps a team going in the midst of adversity, it is the fuel that powers persistence. The resolution to succeed is one of  the most important desires your team should have, and that resolution comes from having a sense of purpose.

Eliminate Excuses in the Team

Having desire alone is not enough to get your team through failures, they also need to learn to forget about their excuses and keep moving forward. No matter how many missed opportunities your team has had or mistakes they made, they must never make excuses. Encourage your team to take complete responsibility for themselves and keep on trying.

Develop Some Incentives for the Team

Good incentives go a long way to encourage your team to remain tenacious. Giving  your team worthwhile incentives to win short races will help attaining a long-term goal seem less formidable. The incentive must match the goal. Don’t make incentives for small objectives too big otherwise you might undermine the team’s desire to keep going. Keep the following points in mind when developing incentives for your team:

  • Reward only after the goal is reached
  • Divide the process into stages to multiply the rewards
  • Include others to increase accountability and make achievement more enjoyable

Related: Reward your team with fun team building activities

Cultivate Determination in the Team

To develop long term persistence in your team, you need to cultivate inward determination on a continual basis. Keep on inspiring your team with stories of people who tried and failed but kept going.


Source: Failing Forward, John C. Maxwell


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Seven Myths About Failure

Seven Myths About Failure

The following are some of the myths about failure which you can use to help your team to change their perspective on failure.

Myth Number One: Failure is Avoidable

One of the most persistent myths about failure is that it somehow possible to avoid it. Everybody fails and make mistakes. If you are human, you are going to experience some failures. On the road to success  your team will:

  • Learn lessons.
  • Find out there are no mistakes – only lessons.
  • Find out lessons are repeated until they are learned.
  • Find out that if they don’t learn the easy lessons, they get harder.
  • Know that they have learned a lesson when their actions change.

Related: Resilience Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Myth Number Two: Failure is Objective

What determines whether some action is a failure? Is it the size of the problem it caused or the monetary cost. Or is it the heat from the boss or the criticism from peers? Only the team members themselves can really label something that they did as a failure. The team’s perception of and response to  mistakes, can determine whether their actions were  failures. It is important for your team not to see setbacks as failures.  Three steps forward and two steps back is still progress.

Myth Number Three: Failure is the Enemy

Most teams are afraid of failure, but it takes adversity to create success. Teams that achieve don’t see a mistake as the enemy. If your team has permission to fail, they have permission to excel.

Myth Number Four: Failure is an Event

Failure is not a one time event, failure is a process. Success is also not a destination, but a journey that the team takes. Just as success is a process, so is failure a process. Failure is not a place your team arrives at, but how your team handles the challenges along the way.

Myth Number Five: Failure is Irreversible

Mistakes are not irreversible if your team is able to keep everything in perspective. Problems arise when your team only sees the spilled milk and not the big picture. Teams who correctly see failure, take it in stride. Every event, good or bad, is one small step in the process.

Myth Number Six: Failure is a Stigma

Mistakes are not permanent markers. When your team makes a mistake, they should not allow it to get them down. They must not allow it to become a stigma, but make each failure a step to success.

Myth Number Seven: Failure is Final

What appears to be a huge failure, doesn’t need to keep your team from achieving.


Source: Failing Forward, John C. Maxwell


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How Your Team Benefits From Adversity

How Your Team Benefits From Adversity

Your team has to realize that adversity can be expected as part of the process of succeeding. Adversity is in fact a critical part of success. The following are some of the benefits of adversity.

Adversity Creates Resilience in the Team

There is not many other things in life that breed resilience as much as adversity does. A study done in the 1980’s showed that a group of people that lost their jobs three times could handle adversity, and find a new job quicker, than the group that lost a job for the first time.

Related: Resilience Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Adversity Develops Maturity in the Team

Adversity promotes wisdom and maturity in a team. As the world changes at a faster and faster rate, the maturity and flexibility that comes from weathering difficulty, becomes increasingly important. The problems and difficulties your team faces and overcomes today, prepares your team to better handle future difficulties.

Adversity Pushes the Envelope of Accepted Performance in the Team

Until your team learns from experience that they can live through adversity, they will be reluctant to break with mindless traditions, push the envelope or challenge themselves. Failures often prompt people to rethink the status quo.

Adversity Provides Greater Opportunities in the Team

Eliminating all problems can limit the potential of a team. Most successful teams have numerous instances of adversity and setbacks that opened doors to greater opportunities.

Adversity Prompts Innovation in the Team

The ability to innovate is at the heart of creativity and a vital component of success. For a team to succeed, they need to have the ability to make adjustments to the way they do things and be willing to try again after a failure. Adversity helps to develop that ability.

Related: Creative Thinking Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Adversity Motivates a Team

Few things motivate a team like adversity does. If your team can step back from the negative circumstances facing them, they will discover their positive benefits if they don’t take the adversity too seriously. They should always measure an obstacle next to the size of the goal they are pursuing.

Unexpected Benefits of Adversity

Most teams that make a mistake see it as a failure, but the greatest success stories can be found in the unexpected benefits of mistakes.


Source: Failing Forward, John C. Maxwell


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