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Leaders Share about Resiliency and Change: A Frontline Festival

by | May 21, 2020 | By Karin Hurt and David Dye, Winning Well

Resiliency and Change

At this moment of unprecedented change and strain, with double-digit unemployment and everyone on a fast-pivot to do the best they can, with what they have, from where they are, resiliency has become a vital, universal conversation.

So this month we’ve invited our Frontline Festival contributors to share their thoughts about resiliency and change. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors.

Planting Seeds: Sage Wisdom From Eileen McDargh

This month, we welcomed Eileen McDargh, author of Resiliency GPS, to Asking for a Friend where she answers the question, How do I show up resilient as a leader? 

We loved Eileen’s perspective on “planting seeds.” We just don’t know if all the seeds we are planting will work. It’s the planting that’s important.

And as Eileen shared, it’s important to address resiliency in yourself AND in your business/team.  Thank you to the following leaders who help us unpack this further.

Building Resiliency in Yourself

Tanveer Naseer of Tanveer Naseer Leadership provides What Growing an Orchid Taught Me about How to Successfully Change and Adapt. Discover an often overlooked element that’s critical to our ability to successfully change and adapt in response to changing conditions and demands. Follow Tanveer. 

And you won’t want to miss Karin and Tanveer’s special Asking For a Friend conversation on building connection during this challenging time.

Jessica Thiefels of The Organic Content Marketer gives us The 31-Day Mindset Reset Challenge to Start Living with Intention. Tapping in your resilience is all about mindset. This free, 31-day challenge (with a free printable calendar to track the days!) will help anyone begin to make that shift, one day at a time—one simple shift at a time. Follow Jessica

Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials shares Resilience is Founded Upon Emotional Intelligence. Resilience is observable. It is an energy and ability to rebound and adapt one’s circumstances after failure, damage, or injury—adapting to life’s twists and turns. Follow Michelle.


Beth BeutlerBeth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited offers 7 Questions for Your Home Workspace. The location of our daily work has changed to “home” for many. This free PDF worksheet helps you give some thought to your current work environment and consider changes that will help you be more motivated, resilient, and productive in a different workspace. Follow Beth.

Lisa Kohn from Chatsworth Consulting Group presents Thoughtful Leaders Discover and Lead from their Core Strengths where she shares that it’s crucial that we realize how we contribute and how strong and resilient we are – because knowing and owning this allows us to be our best and to lead from our best – and helps us live and lead through these challenging times. Follow Lisa.

S. Chris Edmonds of Driving Results through Culture gives us this Culture Leadership Charge: Instead of Crisis Planning, Do This. These five steps we can all take to help us shift perspective, turn the corner emotionally and intellectually, and build stronger systems that can endure.  Follow Chris.

Building Resiliency in Your Business and Team

Nate Regier of Next Element Consulting gives us Nine Self-Permissions to Stay Sane During Crisis. “We are in this together” seems to be the anthem of Covid-19. But what does it really mean? Here are nine self-permissions to help you fully experience the gift of compassion during crisis and beyond. Follow Nate.


Eileen McDargh of The Resiliency Group provides Small Gestures Help People Smile—a Resiliency Boost. During these dark days, every smile or tender gesture you can inspire is more meaningful than ever. Many of us work hard to be strong and committed to surviving but sometimes we forget that we need to help others build their resiliency skills. I hope the inspiring stories will help you find a way to light up someone’s day. Follow Eileen.

Paul LaRue of The UPwards Leader shares,  Don’t Abandon Your Core Values During a Crisis. During a crisis, people assume a flight or fight reaction. How leaders respond will show their true adherence to the core values of their organization. Follow Paul.


Rachel Blakely-GrayRachel Blakely-Gray of Patriot Software, LLC writes Building Business Resilience in the Age of Coronavirus and Beyond. Learn what business resilience is and why it matters, particularly during COVID-19. By creating business plans, thinking outside the box, and hiring resilient employees, you can work toward building resiliency. Follow Rachel.


David GrossmanDavid Grossman of The Grossman Group shares 8 Strategies to Lead and Engage Employees Through COVID-19. There are concrete actions all leaders can take to make this time of uncertainty and change a defining moment for their business; one that helps bring employees together in the best possible ways. With that in mind, we’ve pulled together 8 strategies that work for leaders to lead and engage employees during COVID-19 (along with 2 free guides to help.) Follow David.

Shelley RowShelley Row of Shelley Row Associates offers Now’s Not the Time to Cut Professional Development! Here’s How to Make the Case. Times like these prompt changes in budgets and professional development is often the first line item cut. That’s a really bad idea. Here are ways to effectively make the case to keep those funds in your budget and continue training your people amidst uncertainty. Follow Shelley.

Jon Verbeck of Verbeck Associates CFO Services provides The 13-Week Cash Flow Forecast and reminds us that one thing that does NOT change in a crisis is the need to have a solid handle on our financial picture. The cash flow forecast tool is one of the most important things you’ll need to stay on top of this critical information and keep your business resilient. Follow Jon.


Laura Schroeder of  Working Girl shares: With so many teams working at home, keeping people engaged and connected is a top priority but it’s also a challenge. Online conferencing and collaboration tools are helping us keep the lights on, but rising evidence suggests ubiquitous online interactions have a concerning psychological downside.  Looking into the not so distant future, how can organizations create a more resilient and human-centric workplace?  Follow Laura.

Won’t You Join Us?

Are you a leadership writer? We’d love to have you join us with your articles, videos, podcast episodes, or simply your best thinking on the topic (even if you don’t have additional content to link.) Our topic for June is courage. Click here to submit your thoughts and content!

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Karin Hurt and David Dye help human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results. As CEO and President of Let’s Grow Leaders, they are known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. Karin and David are the award-winning authors of five books including, Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. David Dye is a former executive and elected official. Karin and David are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

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