Staying resilient


A couple of things happened last week.  The first was that I saw this article ‘is it too tough at the top?’ in the Independent about the number of CEO’s who were leaving their posts due to stress or exhaustion.

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What really brought this to life for me was that one of my coaching clients had just been promoted to a much bigger job.  He also had between eight and ten meetings every day, and had done for many months.  This was also the time of year when his organisation did its business planning.  On top of this he had a new baby at home  – who wasn’t well last week – and two other children. So, not surprisingly, we got onto the subject of how he keeps sane and healthy under this sort of constant pressure.  We talked about the notion of resilience and what that meant.  We discussed the fact that it covered many areas – our physical health, the way we manage our emotions, the space we carve out for ourselves for activities that renew us and how we respond to stress. We discussed the fact that organisational sustainability is often talked about these days but less so personal sustainability.  How do we stay strong during tough times?

Tony Schwartz writes about how managing our energy is so much more important than how we manage our time and that staying resilient is more like a series of sprints with rest in between as opposed to a marathon where we just k-e-e-e-p-o-n-g-o-i-n-g.  You can see some of his work here (  but in the meantime, here are some effective strategies that may seem obvious but are so often overlooked.  Do you:

  • Eat the right foods and get enough sleep?
  • Exercise regularly?
  • Continue to make time in your life for activities that give you joy?
  • Spend at least a few minutes each day in silence?
  • Spend time in nature?
  • Make sure you laugh regularly?
  • Take a break every 90 minutes?
  • Focus on one thing at a time?

Personally, I know that I don’t laugh enough and that helps me keep things in perspective.  So I’m off to watch Kung Fu Panda…again.


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