Did you know that KFC founder Col Sanders’ original fried chicken recipe was rejected more than 1000 times before a restaurant decided to give it a try? By that time, Sanders was 65 years old and almost broke. What he had in bucket loads, though, was resilience. As he liked to say: “One has to remember that every failure can be a stepping stone to something better.”

Our constantly-connected, highly demanding workplaces have become obstacle races that require us to keep jumping over hurdles and skirting roadblocks. All of us are likely to take the occasional tumble. The ones with resilience, built with learned skills and behaviors, will fall too, but they will survive, learn and go on to thrive. Why not join the gang and become unputdownable?

Thrive Skills are an essential set of cognitive, social and behavioral skills to enable our learners to continuously succeed, at every stage of their career.

The meaning of Being Resilient is the ability to stay afloat. Businesses face setbacks from time to time. It can be political, economic or social changes. It may even be competition by new market entrants. Professionals also face setbacks such as job losses, lack of opportunities or even a bad performance review. Building your resilience enables you to keep going even in the face of turbulence. Moving and learning from mistakes, reflecting and using those insights to improve are part of developing resilience

Giving up on something is difficult. But what’s even harder is to stay on and find solutions. Being Resilient is a must-have Thrive Skill for professionals who want to make it against all odds. Having the confidence, drive and faith to overcome challenges enables professionals to achieve their goals. At work, developing resilience can help professionals recover from bad feedback, persist and take it in stride. This way, they’ll know not to let stressful situations hamper their work.

A few examples of Being Resilient at work are having open conversations in the event of a conflict, solving problems without getting discouraged and being open to learn and grow. A positive mindset at work can help professionals set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable and Time-Bound) goals and achieve them.

Developing resilience is a key part of a fulfilling work life. Being Resilient is a skill that can be developed over time with experience. Some ways to develop resilience are devising creative solutions to problems, controlling emotions at work, having open and honest conversations, mastering the art of feedback and facing difficulties head-on. Relying on teammates and seeking help, when needed, are also part of being resilient.

Harappa programs that focus on Being Resilient as a Thrive Skill are the Young Talent Bootcamp, High Performing Leaders Program and First Time Manager Program.

Other Thrive Skills under LEAD are Championing Innovation, Productive Delegation, Prudent Risk-Taking, Purposeful Living and Driving Inclusion.

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