Project Management

How to Strengthen Your Resilience

Michael R. Wood is a Business Process Improvement & IT Strategist Independent Consultant. He is creator of the business process-improvement methodology called HELIX and founder of The Natural Intelligence Group, a strategy, process improvement and technology consulting company. He is also a CPA, has served as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine's Management MBA program, an Associate Professor at California Lutheran University, and on the boards of numerous professional organizations. Mr. Wood is a sought after presenter of HELIX workshops and seminars in both the U.S. and Europe.

If you are like most people working today, you are working remotely, you are pandemic-weary, and could use a nice, long vacation.

The good news is that you made it through 2020, and hopefully you are well. More good news is that the hopeful light is on the horizon as vaccines steadily become more available. By mid-year, maybe COVID will be fading in our rear-view mirrors.

But it is clear that there is much work to be done, and even though many of us are tired, we need to dig deep to muster our focus and our resilience—our ability to bounce back—to embrace the efforts needed to fully recover from the pandemic that is still ravaging the world.

Setbacks—especially global ones—foster a pent-up demand for a return to normalcy. People and organizations want to accelerate their ability to function at least as well as they did prior to getting knocked down. In organizations, this demand often takes the form of new initiatives and projects, each with a push to accelerate their completion. This means project teams need to answer the call. In his lyrics to the song “Pick Yourself Up,” Fred Astaire wrote:

“Don't lose your confidence if you slip,
Be grateful for a pleasant trip,
And pick yourself up,
Dust yourself off,
Start all over again.
Work like a soul inspired,
Till the battle of the day is won.”

Sage advice, but…

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