Business

Resilience comes from responsibility and resolve

BUSINESS ADVICE | By Cheryl Kane

So we continue moving through these COVID times. Regardless of the trials, we can continue to learn and adapt. Let us be encouraged that the resilience we need may come from the responsibility we hold for each other, our duties and for taking care of ourselves.

Duty and a clear sense of purpose can become unshakable bonds that hold us together, and will pull us forward into the future where what we are facing today will be history.

Our business lives exist in a connected set of relationships and locations; both may have changed in ways we don’t yet fully comprehend. But our personal reputation, our business brand, our primary mission, or purpose should not.

Stay clear on why you chose your profession. Remain steadfast in your organization’s mission. Be confident in your expertise. Know what you stand for-and what you will not stand for. Keeping your vision simple and clear can anchor you as you tolerate much discord.

Turbulent times

Turbulent environments can create mind boggling confusion and surreal situations.  So many things we formerly took for granted have now changed or are gone; this brings stark realities we struggle to process; but we must. Be resolute about a few things that are important to you and critical to your business to maintain your sense of direction and hold fast to your purpose.

Be realistic. Finding our way in a work world where people may be missing causes stress and heavy workloads. Working tirelessly while being tired can keep one from realizing how much is still being accomplished. Failing to appreciate others, and yourself, removes internal rewards, reduces dignity, and can create isolation.

Success tips

Here are some ways that may help you stay mentally afloat amid change:

Be appreciative of others. Remember to say, “thank you” for simple actions.

Be sensible. Stress takes a huge toll on your stamina; set limits and take breaks. Don’t overburden yourself too long or you will let yourself and others down.

Be reasonable. You cannot keep the same pace or production you did before if nothing else is the same it was. Realize less production at high quality is reasonable at present.

Uphold high standards, no excuses. Don’t let avoidable mistakes or sloppiness become normal.

Be honest with yourself, and others. When your maximum capacity limit is near, speak up, no apology needed.

Maintain your integrity. Authentically identify situations for what they are, don’t embellish.

Be conscientious. Make judicious promises you can keep then keep your word. Your production may be lower due to circumstances, but when you agree to do something, still carry your own weight.

Values

We truly are all in this together and we need to be individually accountable and dependable.

Your resilience to date has likely already made you stronger in ways you never anticipated.  Acknowledge this! Be proud of yourself.

Resolve to stay at the helm of your life, look to the horizon and encourage others to join you to do the same. Focus on what’s important, care for yourself and others. Though so much of our life may still seem distorted, retaining our purpose and values can help us remain resilient as we look forward to putting life back into shape very soon.

Cheryl Kane, MBA, PHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP, is a strategic business consultant, sales trainer, & professional speaker specializing in problem solving and service

quality. Cheryl welcomes your communication at email: Cheryl.Kane@alumni.duke.edu

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