Building Business Resilience – Working Wednesdays

Building business resilience is not always at the forefront of our minds as we find ourselves in the final quarter of the year (yes folks, it really is October) in the midst of the last big push at what, for some businesses anyway, is an unpredictable time of the year and it can be quite frankly, exhausting.

Unless you are fortunate to be in an industry for which Christmas time means a constantly ringing cash register (good for you if you are!) it can actually be a pretty tough time for those businesses not able to clamber on the festive train to boundless gold, frankincense and myrrh. Those of us in many service sectors actually find December particularly a pretty tough month……….so lets look at what we can do before we jump into the commercial bunker and hunker down!

I’ve been reading a few articles recently about why resilient people are generally more successful than their less resilient counterparts. Whilst the principle of the previous sentence of course makes some sense, for me its been about understanding what ‘being resilient’ means in the broadest sense – clearly it will vary depending upon individuals and their individual situations.

But generally speaking (and according to clever types such as those at HBR) having a critical sense of perspective and an acceptance of reality are pretty much the foundations of managing that familiar feeling of overwhelm. With a deep belief that life is meaningful and with strong values systems, its said that resilient people have the ability to make do with whatever is at hand and to improvise. This concept reminds me of that old adage that if you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll always get the same results – if something isn’t working then we need to change it……..ahem, because change is so easy right? We’ll get on to change in another post!

Back to resilience, one particular sentence really resonated with me in terms of how successful people simply keep on going (after all, its bloody hard work being in business) and that is, they create an inner psychological space protecting intrusions from others. They keep hold of that deep rooted belief in themselves and their business idea that gave them the rocket fuel to get started in the first place.

So what do we need to keep in mind as we embark on the final quarter of the year? We should embrace the challenge

  • With Confidence
  • With Purpose
  • With Social Support from those close to us
  • With Adaptability

Let me know how you get on! x

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