Jon Watkins

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Dealing with change and the 5Rs

When building resilience, we encourage people to see change and transition as two different things. The difference is subtle but important. Change is external whereas transition is internal. It’s how we think about change, engage and respond to it. Having the skills to adapt means transitioning is the holy grail of successful change.

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Most positive changes happen because you get involved.

A large part of our personal resilience is based on our ability to problem solve, strengthened by our ability to formulate goals and achieve them. That’s because setting goals is about intention and taking control of more of the things that shape our lives, rather than letting events dictate and determine the outcome for us.

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Recognise your strengths and unleash your inner confidence

Focusing on our strengths promotes confidence and the desire to keep improving. We perceive more control over our lives and feel much more capable of identifying situations that would previously have worried us. It even makes us feel excited about the future, all because we can focus on and use our strengths.

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Beating your Bias

Research tells us we have approximately 60,000 thoughts each day, and in order to function quickly our brain takes mental shortcuts by operating the majority of the time in ‘fast thinking’ mode.

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Advice

Is being goals focused always what it’s cracked up to be?

Sometimes it’s not about the goal, it’s about everything that makes them happen. Being solely focused on goals means we ignore the hidden costs associated with progress towards them, which in turn means that our goals don’t get the full support they deserve and our resilience is undermined.

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Leadership

The language of leadership – are we getting it wrong?

We are constantly being defined by what good leadership is in the eyes of those who have come before us. The reality of any given situation or organisation is that leadership and what is required to make a good leader is different everywhere. Defining it by a single word or sentence is difficult and often inaccurate.

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Thoughts

Is your recruitment process building resilience?

Special Forces has a gruelling recruitment process designed to focus on more than technical skills and capability. Here’s what organisations and leaders can learn from that in terms of employer brand. Written by someone who knows.

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