by firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 23, 2020 | Character, Coaching, Influence
Career Resilience is an essential skill in our changing world
According to the American Psychological Association, resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress. As we look at career resilience, the sources of stress would likely come from the workplace, such as an increase in workload, a change in portfolio, or even the loss of a job. As such, career resilience would mean ‘bouncing back’ from difficult situations and experiencing exponential growth.
The 7 Pillars of Resilience by German psychotherapist Micheline Rampe is a useful model for any individual who would like to master resilience:
- Developing optimism
- Acceptance of the situation
- Focusing on potential solutions
- Leaving the victim role
- Taking responsibility for one’s own life
- Planning a flexible strategy to deal with future challenges
- Building a support network
The Brief Resilience Scale (BRS) is a simple self -assessment that individuals can use to assess their resilience.
Career resilience can be cultivated and we would like to recommend 5 dimensions for your self-directed learning.
- Ability to embrace change and adapt (6 components)
- Ability to learn and improve (6 components)
- Ability to recognise opportunities and take action (6 components)
- Ability to build and nurture instrumental relationships (6 components)
- Ability to reposition and expand skillsets (6 components)
- Ability to see ahead and achieve the vision (6 components)
- Ability to rely on self to do the job well (6 components)
To find out more about the components of each dimension, you are welcome to connect with us.
I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.
by email@example.com | Apr 22, 2020 | Character, Coaching, Influence, Leadership
While growth can be accidental and incremental, it has to be intentional if you want it to be sustainable and impactful.
For growth to be intentional, two very important questions have to be asked and answered:
- Why do you want to grow?
- What is the push factor for you to continue growing when time becomes easy or even busy?
Let’s talk about how we could inspire growth that leads to GLOW:
Growth to Infinity
The world advocates lifelong learning as an “ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated” pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. At an individual level, this means to
- expand our knowledge base,
- equip ourselves with new skills,
- strengthen the skills that we need to improve.
Living a Legacy:
While many do not believe that their influence can impact generations, experience has taught me that one’s continual growth can create an immediate impact as he/she will
- be more efficient in processes,
- be more confident to engage in complex problem solving,
- encourage innovation in the team,
- ultimately be given the opportunity to lead teams and increase their circle of influence.
Open-mindedness is like a muscle. It is the muscle of willingness to try new things or consider new ideas. It is also a muscle that allows us completely immerse ourselves into another situation or experience without personal biases and prejudices.
However, it does not mean that you are changing yourself to agree with everything. It simply gives you the freedom to adjust your conclusions and better our ability to connect with others even when we disagree. Open-mindedness takes time, energy, and practice.
Lately, we have been witnessing a series of coronavirus-inspired panic buying and hoarding around the world. While being grounded means having the ability to be completely aware and conscious of the present moment, it also means you practice a deep sense of mindfulness and rarely think about “what ifs,” such as “what if we run out of food/ toilet paper.”
When we are grounded, we are in complete control of our mental and emotional state, and not easily influenced by other ideas or individuals. Likewise, when we are grounded at work, we continue to work responsibly and grow continually to stay relevant and competitive.
Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.
by firstname.lastname@example.org | Mar 23, 2020 | Character, Coaching, Influence, Leadership
Do you have a dream? If yes, what is your dream? If no, why not?
Many dictionaries describe dreamers as someone who spend a lot of time thinking about and planning for things that they would like to happen but which are improbable or impractical. That does not sound very encouraging, does it?
Dream is more than just a word or some impractical thinking. Inspiring ConneXion has a dream to better the people that we meet; that marks the purpose of our existence and that is what we are good at. We want to encourage you to find your purpose, discover what you are good at and make an impact by living that purpose.
If you are already living your purpose, we want to work alongside you to increase your capabilities and influence. We want to inspire you to live and leave a legacy behind, and inspire others to do likewise!
If you have yet to discover or uncertain about your purpose, we want to walk this journey of DISCovery with you.
Well, you may think it is impossible.
We want to inspire you to VISUALISE THE IMPOSSIBLE!
- Take time to Define and Visualise your Impossible.
- Think deeper to Understand the Reality that makes it Impossible.
- Have a list of Options to turn the Impossible into a Reality.
- List the Potential Challenges and Obstacles.
- Prioritise the challenges and obstacles to overcome.
- Identify your Potential Coaches and Sources of Help.
- Ideate more Options with the help of others.
- Create a Master Plan to make the Impossible Possible.
- Create Minor Action Plans to path small successes.
- It is a Work in Progress so make necessary Alterations to Your Plans.
Wow, that is a lot of work, you may be thinking.
You are right!
The Dream is FREE but the Journey is NOT.
You have to pay a price if you want to turn the Impossible into a Reality.
Is it possible?
Well, instead of asking the question ‘Is it possible?’, why not ask
“Do you believe? Do you believe that you could do it?”
On the opposite side of personal beliefs are possibilities and opportunities. If you only believe.
It always seems impossible until it is done.
by email@example.com | Feb 24, 2020 | Character, Coaching, Influence, Leadership
Inspiring ConneXion believes that ordinary people can be extraordinary. What does it mean to be called ordinary and what does it take to be extraordinary?
An ordinary person sees no distinction in himself when compared to others; he blends in, does things accepted by the society and follows status quo. He follows a routine that gets him through the day at work, at home and in the community. Basically, who is he to make a difference to anyone, in any capacity?
So, we said you can be extraordinary! What does it take to be extraordinary? We have seen a quote that says “God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.” Is that real? Can that person be me? Definitely!
The first thing we need you to do is to STOP telling yourself that you are ordinary or a nobody. Why?
- It prevents you from growing personally and professionally.
- It limits you and traps you in your comfort zone.
- It reduces your choices to No Choice.
- It hurts your self-esteem.
The list can go on and on; nothing is positive. It drains your energy, so let’s not go there!
Next, we want you to do a Minimal Makeover (Extreme Makeover may sound too overwhelming).
We need you to START thinking positive. How?
- Start being a winner by walking away from whiners.
- Start facing the giants and rising to the challenge.
- Start creating momentum that generates positive energy.
Finally, we need you to CONTINUE doing what you are good at and make every day a Masterpiece! Remember:
The difference between the ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
by firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 22, 2020 | Character, Influence, Leadership
What does VUCA really mean to you? Harvard Business Review suggested in an article written in 2014 that there are four distinct types of challenges in the VUCA world that demand four distinct types of responses.
As we continue to live in a VUCA world, let’s look at how the ABC of Inspiring Connexion will enable you to “be infinitely flexible and constantly amazed” by your own capability to dance in the storm.
Adjust your attitude
Attitude is your view-point about people, events or issues. It can be positive or negative. Your attitude towards the VUCA world will influence how receptive you are to changes and how willing you are to adapt quickly.
Be Inspired to: Embrace A+T+T+I+T+U+D+E=100% and think “I can” instead of “I can’t.”
Beware of “Old Dog Thinking”
This is a common phrase that means it is challenging to teach a person something new, usually because that person has been doing things a certain way for so long that they’re too stubborn to learn how to do it differently. Perhaps your experience is too strong and prevents you from seeing any possibility or new solution.
Be Inspired to: Respond positively with “Why not?” or “Ah, of course! Why didn’t I think of that?” You will be amazed by how it can generate new inspiration and motivation in you.
Intuition is our ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning. For many of us who have completed the MBTI test and attained a high score of Intuition (N) in processing information, you tend to be more comfortable with ambiguity.
Be Inspired to: Do nothing! Learn to be comfortable with silence and solitude. Learn to be quiet and day-dream rather than filling every moment of your day with activities. You will be amazed how much can be revealed to you by merely opening yourself to your surrounding, observing with attention and without judging.
Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.