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What is Resilience Training?

What is Resilience Training?

What is Resilience Training?

Resilience training is specialised training designed to improve peoples' ability to continue performing at their best, even when facing hostile environments, or after suffering a series of criticisms, setbacks and defeats.

Resilience training is composed of four parts:

  1. Emotional resilience.
  2. Intellectual resilience.
  3. Team resilience.
  4. Systems resilience.

Resilience training is important because, in order to achieve at high level, everyone has to suffer numerous setbacks, criticisms and defeats. When faced with negative events, the vast majority of people become demotivated, upset and depressed. They lose heart, and their performance drops in both quantity and quality.

Now they are in "double-trouble": The hostile environment still exists, and they have lost heart, slowed down, or stopped!

What we need is the opposite response to negative events.

When there are major difficulties to be faced, we need people to be at their best, not at their worst.

Whenever we are facing difficult times, we want people to become more determined, more resolute, more creative, more organised.

In the face of difficulties, we want people to "step up", not "drop out". We want people to be more resilient.

How can we make people more resilient? We train them.

It is important to remember that resilience is not an innate, genetically determined characteristic, such as eye colour, or height.

Resilience is a learned behaviour, or to be more exact, a set of learned behaviours, that can be taught, learned, practised and developed.

Resilience is more like physical fitness and is improved by proper training.

Proper training contains four elements:

1. Emotional resilience.

This training improves the emotional responses of people to hostile situations. This is accomplished by asking people to change the meaning they associate to the event that confronts them.

2. Intellectual resilience.

This improves the intellectual responses by improving their ability to analyse problems into their component parts, categorise them, finding causes and solutions for each part, then put the parts back together, in the form of a practical plan of action, designed to improve upon the current situation.

3. Team resilience

This improves team cohesion. We want the team to pull together and become ever more coordinated and unified. We don't want a bad situation to become a trigger for people to fall out with each other and play the blame game.

We need the team-spirit to become strengthened by tough times.

4. System resilience.

Teams build systems. It is our systems which ultimately see us through the tough times.

Winning teams, build winning systems.

We need our systems to be as resilient as our people. But since it is our people who build, maintain and improve our systems, we need to work on our people first.

Resilience is one of the most important things in the world right now, since the COVID crisis has put many people into fear mode. Fear is not conducive to clear thinking, rational action and positive results.

Resilience Training Course

If you want to instil clear thinking, rational action and positive results, into your teams, please take a look at our in-house Resilience Training Course.

Learn to lead people through tough times.

About the Author: Chris Farmer


Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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