Tag: Team 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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Helping Your Team Deal With Mistakes

Helping Your Team Deal With Mistakes

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

No matter how well your team prepares or what precautions they take, mistakes will happen. Mistakes are an essential part of life. Without them, it is not possible to fully grow and learn. When mistakes do occur, the key is for the team to bounce back, learn from them, and move forward. If your team learns from their mistakes, they are less likely to repeat them.

Take Responsibility For Mistakes

There are two ways to handle mistakes. You can deny the mistake or blame others, or you can accept it and take responsibility for your actions. Becoming defensive and making excuses for their mistakes will not help your team grow or improve. Accepting responsibility for mistakes is always the better option. It is the mature decision and a sign of integrity.

How to Accept Responsibility:

  • Make an appropriate apology: Apologize for mistakes. Do not, however, grovel or become overly emotional.
  • Explain the mistake and the process that led to it.

Related: Find out more about TBAE’s Goal Setting Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Bouncing Back From Mistakes

Encourage your team members to never allow their mistakes to paralyze them. Living in fear of making another mistake will stunt the team’s growth. Everyone makes mistakes, but successful people are able to bounce back. They will make mistakes, but they must be sure to get back on track when mistakes occur. They must keep a positive attitude in the face of mistakes and see them as opportunities for growth. Your team must persevere and focus on the future. Never live in the past. The ability to bounce back after making a mistake shows strength and resilience.

Related: Resilience Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Learn From Mistakes

Mistakes are opportunities to adapt and learn. In order to learn from a mistake, your team must look at the situation honestly. It is imperative that your team shows others, they are able to adapt and change in the face of mistakes. This skill will help your team preserve their reputation. To learn from their mistakes your team should ask themselves the following questions:

  • What went wrong?
  • How did it happen?
  • When did it happen?
  • Why did it happen?
  • How could it have been prevented?

Once you they have the answers to these questions, they will be able to adapt their actions in the future.

Overcome Mistakes By Asking For Help

You can only help your team members when they ask for it. Your team members cannot expect people to automatically know when they need them. When they do ask for help, encourage them to follow basic etiquette.

  • Ask: Do not demand that people help you or manipulate them with guilt.
  • Be straightforward: Do not be dramatic or minimize the help necessary.
  • Be thankful: Always thank friends who are willing to help you succeed.

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Building a Resilient Team

Building a Resilient Team
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Resiliency is the ability to endure high levels of change while maintaining a high level of performance. There are commonly two things that resilient people do to increase their ability to manage change successfully. They either increase their capacity to absorb shock, or they work on reducing the amount of effort needed to successfully implement any one change.

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What is Resiliency?

Rather than an absolute characteristic, resilience is a combination of character traits in people. Resilient people tend to see more opportunities than non-resilient people. They tend to see life’s challenges and changes as beacons guiding them through life. They have an optimistic view of life that see each day as a new set of opportunities and choices. To them any disruption is merely a necessary part of adjusting to change. Less resilient people are likely to use defense mechanisms such as denial, distortion and delusions when faced with change. They tend to be reactive where resilient people are more proactive and willing to ask for help when needed.

Why is Resiliency Important for Your Team?

A Resilient team tends to grow stronger from the experience when they are confronted with the ambiguity, anxiety and loss of control that accompanies change. A team that is not resilient will tend to feel depleted from all the emotions that come with change. Resilient team members are able to make quicker and more effective adaptation to change. They understand that the future contains shifting variables, and are willing to remain loyal during periods of disruption. The individual members of your team may shift between sides of the resilience continuum, depending on the nature of the change experienced.

Practical Steps to Build Resiliency in Your Team

  • Help your team members to develop a more positive world view and self-image. Be aware of what you say to yourself and your team in an unfamiliar situation. Teach your team to identify opportunities in the challenges they face during a period of change. Get them to practice the habit of turning negatives into positives and taking a time out during a period of frustration. Make sure that you always stay positive as leader or coach of your team.
  • Maintain a sense of purpose towards the long term goals and priorities of your team. Get together with your team and discuss the team’s value system and sense of direction. Teach your team to be flexible and set new priorities when faced with disruption or change.
  • Encourage flexible thinking in your team so that they are able to explore different approaches for addressing uncertainty. Teach your team members not to assume that the first answer is the solution and to suspend judgment while they are experiencing change. Encourage the team members to record at least three negatives and three positives about every new idea or concept. You also want to encourage readiness in your team members to work in an unfamiliar role and to learn a different point of view.
  • Teach your team to use organized and structured approaches towards managing ambiguity. They should learn to quickly and effectively sort new information and find patterns in new situations. Encourage the use of planners and planning software to keep to-do lists, track plans, commitments and next steps for each change initiative. Help them to break down complex or ambiguous situations into manageable chunks.
  • Let your team experiment proactively with new approaches and solutions. Choose a small project and experiment with a new approach. Challenge your team by defining a worst-case scenario and asking them to list ways to address each risk. Find a successful risk-taker to talk to your team about their objections and concerns regarding change. Encourage your team to view a risk associated with change as a “win-win” situation and to determine what they can learn from each risk associated with change.


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