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What is Resiliency?

Today’s workplace environment is characterized by reorganization, mergers, acquisitions, downsizing, and a global market that operates on a 24/7 clock. This level of evolution suggests that most leaders and employees will experience both successes and setbacks in varying degrees during their careers.

How do people respond to setbacks? How can you measure your ability to persevere? The need for a resilient workforce: leaders and employees alike, is very much a critical organizational challenge.

Resiliency is the ability to manage well or bounce back from adversity.

Individuals vary widely in their ability to adapt to different situations and their ability to rebound. Additionally, an individual is sometimes more resourceful and adaptively effective than at other times. We all have been there, those days when by midafternoon, we are ready to call it a day rather than moving through the day in a highly effective, energized manner.

The key is to validate the individual drivers for one’s resiliency and reinforce them, and many times share these learnings with others for their benefit as well.

Several years ago Forté launched its Resiliency Report – Forté has been measuring resiliency for over 33 years. It is a correlation between the current stamina and goals index. The report identifies who has increasing resiliency and who has decreasing resiliency as an individual or a team since the last Forté Communications Style Survey was completed.

This feature is available to all Forté clients so companies who have many staff on their Forté site can run this report against their total database to get a company ‘snapshot’ on current resilience.

The most positive outcomes we have seen with leaders who have used this reporting feature with their teams or team members are:

  1.  It focuses the leader on increasing overall resiliency in the team.
  2.  It triggers the leader to concentrate 1:1 conversations on specific feedback.
  3. It identifies the most relevant and powerful team solutions for this group of people right now, moving team development from nice-to-have trendy stuff to focused cause-and-effect development.
  4. It provides clarity on goals and results.
  5. It give in-depth understanding of how the environment and the leader are impacting the level of “up-for-it” in the team.

If you’d like to see what kind of results you can get give us a call at The Forté Institute. Or, for more information about the Forté Resiliency Report: Click Here


Forté Team Member Brid Bourke oversees our European division in Ireland and the United Kingdom. She is an experienced corporate trainer, consultant and coach.