Part 2: How Can We Build Up Our Adaptability and Resilience?

Part 1: The Negativity Bias

Part 3: How Does SOCIAL STYLE Affect Our Resilience? 

How Can We Build Up Our Adaptability and Resilience?

Research shows there’s a handful of skills that help people become more resilient.

By practicing these skills, you can prepare yourself for the challenges work and life through at you. Think of it like a great planner inside your brain you can use to prevent your Negativity Bias from triggering, or help you recover more quickly when it does.

One of these skills is courageous communication: You’re facing a situation, and you say what needs to be said during that moment in time. That’s one of the skills that, as you practice it, helps you become more resilient, adaptable and effective.

It’s challenging for a lot of us to have these kinds of conversations; it can make us feel very stressed in the moment. However, in the long run, this helps lower our stress and leads to better outcomes. Bottom line, we’ll become more effective over time. If this doesn’t come naturally, we need to practice it over and over again to get more comfortable with it.

That’s one of the seven skills we measure that lead to becoming more resilient and adaptable. When people participate in TRACOM’s Adaptive Mindset for Resilience training program, they get a profile that details their performance on all seven of these skills and learn strategies that they can use to develop these skills.

By Casey Mulqueen, Ph.D.

Director of Learning & Development