3 Strategies To Build Resilience Now More Than Ever.

The true power of resilience can be set out through maintaining holistic mindsets, internal and external transparency, and the development of strategic actions that are motivated by optimism.

Resilience is the mental reservoir of strength that individuals are able to call on in times of need to carry them through without falling apart.

Let’s dive into what it means to be resilient and truly embody it as the forefront of your small business’ line of defense. As we’ve all come to know change is sometimes an inevitable part of our environment and ecosystem. Our response to these inevitable changes (personally and within a team)directly impacts the outcome and our ability to survive these changes.  

Take the first steps towards resilience and register for  Westchester RISES Workshops to gain insights into your business.

In our workshop on Building Personal & Team Resiliency, Our teammates and partners at Westchester RISES, dissect internal and external self work and teamwork factors that shape where an organization will stand during and after a crisis. In this workshop we also highlight the psychological and organizational cohesion that will lead to productivity even in challenging times.


Based on a research study conducted by Rasmus Hougaard, Jacqueline Carter, and Moses Mohan of the Harvard Business Review; they discovered 58% of employees reported an inability to regulate their attention at work. For “as the mind wanders, research has shown that it easily gets trapped into patterns and negative thinking”. We can see how these patterns may be enhanced in the face of a crisis in our case the pandemic.

Now Lets Explore 3 Key Approaches to developing resilience for your team and small business.

01 Striving For a Holistic Mindset

We are constantly being told to maintain a positive mindset. How much of our business is impacted by our state of mind you ask? We've decided close to 100%. Freeing up mental energy allows us to embody a growth mindset. A growth mindset includes taking the time to learn, debriefing and understanding operations and why they are occurring the way they are, followed by using lessons learned to plan, execute, and the implementation of effective tactics and strategies.

Tips on developing a holistic mindset from our workshop:

- Structure for Freedom, use a calendar for action with yourself, your team and your company. Structure sets you free, do you have a calendar, getting it out of your head and on a calendar, frees up your mental energy.
-Blocking down time at the beginning of the day to get the critical things you need done is important. There isn’t that compartmentalization that there used to be which is taking a toll on people. This can cause some mental health issues because you are not as in control of your time as you previously were.

02 Flow of Internal and External Transparency and Communication

Transparency with an organizational structures leads to seeing glass half full both internally and externally. The driving force behind successful transparency is communication. As obstacles arise in an organization, problem identification is one of the first steps to developing solutions. Through the establishment of a culture where communication is the foundation, the ability to quickly identify problems and solutions is enhanced. As workflow is directly linked to culture, a transparent culture will always lead to bonds within an organization that will translate to success, both internally and externally. Through communication and transparency attaining relience is facilitated.

03 Manifestation of Effective Strategies In Challenging Times

Take Action, Turning hope into strategy

Make Hope an Action, start focusing on what you can do now with energy and commitment with your team. When turning problems into actions, reliance allows for one to look at pain points through an effective lens. This lens focuses on feasible action and encourages the generation of solution based feedback. This approach to developing strategies is way out for all organizations despite the environment they are in or crises they may be facing.

What’s most valuable is the transition that a leader makes, the leader's responsibility is to show vulnerability and work towards a solution. Through the manifestation of effective strategies, motivated by optimism.

Take a step towards building reliance's in your organization. Tell us more about your business so we can match you with a Westchester RISES strategist for a 1:1 Deep Dive Session focusing on developing an Action Plan to tackle your largest business challenge.

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