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Building Resiliency – A Preparedness Kit
With improved self-awareness, reflection and practice, you can develop and strengthen your abilities to build strong successful careers under even even the most challenging of conditions.
At the end of this workshop, you will be equipped to:
Deal with workplace demands due to constantly shifting priorities
Become change agents and provide leadership during times when an organization goes through a major technological or structural change
Manage stress caused by unexpected changes at work by understanding how to physically and psychologically respond to these situations
Develop a strong personal vision that reflects career and life aspirations
Take stock of the environment and be able to strengthen it to build resiliency
Use a set of core practices and self-understanding to overcome adversity and manage high levels of stress
Create a personalized plan to become resilient
Part 1: Change and Stress
While some employees embrace change when a major change confronts them, others worry. If left unchecked, this worrying increases and leads to side effects such as anxiety, stress, negativity, and resistance. We know organizational change isn’t going to stop anytime soon, so we need to consider how to help employees who are feeling victimized.
Stress can be defined as including an individual’s personal response to change when they see it as somehow threatening to their future. This includes fear of not being able to master new technologies, inability to adjust to a new organizational structure, becoming redundant, or even being overtaken by newer employees. This negative stress can take a serious toll on employees if left unchecked, and can lead to depression, poor work performance, substance abuse, alienation, psychological, and physiological damage. Participants explore the potential impact of adversity, and learn steps to take towards developing a resilient mindset.
Part 2: The Circle of Vitality
The Circle of Vitality consists of your personal vision and your environment. Just as organizations create vision statements that define their service, a personal vision should define yours. It should answer a number of questions regarding:
• your core purpose
• your aspirations (career and personal)
• strengths you bring to your work
• your future goals
• your values
• your self-perception, and an acknowledgement of others’ perception of you
Your environment is the space you inhabit at work and at home, and influences how you respond to stress. Your environment is anything that is external to you and includes other people with whom you interact.
Participants will develop or clarify their vision, and conduct an analysis of their environment to identify strengths and opportunities to strengthen relationships, creating a foundational support to developing personal resiliency.
Part 3: The Cognitive- Behavioural Core
Within the Circle of Vitality, we react to adversarial changes in our life through 4 dimensions we refer to as the Cognitive-Behavioural Core:
Cognition includes our thought processes, the things we tell ourselves consciously and the fleeting thoughts that flash through our minds all the time. These thoughts give meaning to our environment, our experiences and our vision.
Emotions are the feelings that we have and include anxiety, stress, anger, guilt, depression, sadness, happiness, joy, excitement, disappointment, frustration etc. Our emotions are on a continuum; we can feel a range of intensity of a single emotion. Our biology plays a large part in the experience of emotions. Without physical changes occurring within our body we could not experience emotions.
Biology includes anything within the body such as chemicals and hormones that are produced within – heartbeat, tension in neck muscles and stomach aches. As mentioned previously, changes occur within our bodies to enable the feeling of emotion. The greater the change, the greater the intensity of the emotion.
Behaviours encompass the things we do. This can include both physically seen behaviours such as leaving a situation when there is a feeling of anxiousness, and internal unseen behaviours like imagining being somewhere else when you feel distressed.
Part 4: The Amygdala Effect
The Amygdala is a cluster of grey matter inside the brain and is involved in the experiencing of emotions. These almond-shaped clusters are the most active when experiencing fear or aggression since they are responsible for triggering the body’s fight or flight response. The Amygdala Effect occurs when emotions react out of proportion to the event that triggered them. Participants in our workshop learn techniques designed to mitigate the Amygdala Effect, while cultivating a healthy body and mindset.
Part 5: Self Understanding – How Individuals Respond Uniquely to Stress and Adversity
According to famous psychologist, Dr. Albert Ellis, when we are faced with an adverse situation, the first thing we try and do is explain to ourselves why it happened. Our beliefs about the cause of the adversity will set off our unique reaction to the event, greatly influencing how we feel and determining how we respond. Practical exercises in the workshop show how we each respond differently to the same situation, and highlight how we are able to receive positive outcomes by simply shifting our mindset