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What are some strategies for building resilience in individuals and teams?

What are some strategies for building resilience IN INDIVIDUALS AND TEAMS?

Resilience is a crucial skill that allows individuals and teams to withstand and adapt to adversity, setbacks, and challenges.

Building resilience requires intentional effort and a combination of various strategies that can enhance personal and collective well-being, productivity, and effectiveness.

In this context, it’s crucial to explore different approaches and techniques that can help foster resilience in individuals and teams. From adopting a solution-focused mindset to developing positive self-talk, there are many effective methods that can help individuals and teams build resilience and thrive in the face of challenges.

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For me, it is important to apply a solution-focused mindset, which is a critical aspect that helps individuals and teams become more resilient. Instead of dwelling on problems, a solution-focused approach emphasizes finding solutions, leading to a more positive and optimistic outlook.

To achieve this, it’s essential to recognize personal strengths and capabilities and take a step-by-step approach to problem-solving, rather than attempting to solve the whole issue at once.

Experimentation and adaptation can also be helpful to find creative and effective solutions. This way, one can enhance their ability to navigate challenges and build resilience.

Dieter Kaufhold
Agile Coach and Transformation Advisor


People often label things without properly investigating them. And sometimes in resilience building sessions we discover that actually better expectation management, clearer boundaries, different communication strategies or environment could be more effective solution than stronger resilience.

When the true focus has been identified, we start by describing in details: what is resilience, how does it look in specific situations, what behaviours and internal states represent it, what’s in it for me to be more resilient etc.

Then we create awareness of the gap between desired state and now, and brainstorm what could be changes in behaviour or attitude that can be implemented to achieve the desired state of stronger resilience. We give opportunity to experiment with the new approaches, create awareness of the impact, and measure & acknowledge the success.

Laura Kunstberga
Professional Leadership Development and Life Coach


One way of helping a client to unpack their inner resources for resilience recovery, is to give a framework to uncover the following 4 elements and map these:

The Skills that can be accessed in times of need, such as keeping a sense of perspective: the skills you drew on.
Supports such as friends, family or body/mind-related activities, to keep the person standing when it would be easier to fall down: supports that kept you upright.
Strategies for actions to support the goal of moving away from the feelings and thoughts associated with the present difficulty: the strategies that kept you moving.
And Sagacity, or the wisdom and insight that a person holds onto, which can come from song lyrics, novels, quotes or learning from one’s own experience: the sagacity that gave you comfort.

Björn Schigt
Senior Leadership Coach & Development Consultant


I apply Dilts’ logical levels exploration to help clients embrace their self awareness; understanding and stating their purpose would help them stay rooted and strong during challenging phases and find ways to recharge emotional energy.

The next step would be to define potential support elements and subsequently build powerful support systems – these should include networks, individual aid and decompressing resources.

And finally – be it an individual or a team – it would be crucial for them to learn to recognise points at which they need to make a break and recharge.

Elena Petrenko
Executive Coach for Success


Understanding what is good for you helps to build the core. Understanding what is good for others helps to build the harmony in a team.

Facing challenges on a daily basis might be a daunting task that’s how a self care strategy should come in the first place.

Healthy lifestyle, eating and meditations strengthens your physical core and positive thinking along with big dreaming will establish the foundation of your mental well-being.

Concentrating on the growth of your inner core by prioritising your inner being will activate a protection shield towards any life setbacks.

Lilianna Demirchyan
Business Coach for Personal Growth


Developing flexibility will help individuals, teams and organisations to build their resilience. Learn to adapt to the new or unforeseen situations and find new ways to deal with challenges.

In the new BANI (Brittle, Anxious, Non-linear and Incomprehensible) world, people and organisations need to expect more and stronger changes. But if you are flexible, you will continue to be successful.

Albina Koch
Executive Coach & Corporate Trainer