Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How Women Can Get a Resiliency Boost

I am so excited to bring you a guest post by Dr. Lynn Schmidt. Happy Women Writers Wednesday, resilient ladies of the pen and page. 

How Women Can Get a Resiliency Boost

Every day I encounter challenges when I am working that test my ability to be resilient, to be strong and overcome difficulties, to thrive not just survive. Some days the challenges are small, a computer problem or vendor issue.  Other days the challenges are large, losing a job or a conflict with a colleague. To overcome these challenges, I need to build my ability to be resilient. What do I, and other women, need to do to get that resiliency boost?

Women bring exceptional talents to the work they do, yet often face struggles to achieve fulfillment. Women need to anticipate, navigate, learn and grow from the challenges that they encounter for career success. The ability to maintain one’s resiliency and thrive in the midst of adversity is an intentional choice. When women consciously make that choice, they are better equipped to be transformed by work-related challenges.  

My colleague, Kevin Nourse, and I conducted over one hundred interviews with executive coaches and women from around the world. Our book, Intentional Resiliency: Six Powerful Strategies for Women to Thrive at Work focuses on resiliency building strategies that have been proven to help women thrive. To determine the resiliency boost you need, answer these six, yes or no, questions:

  1. Do I have the right network to get the support I need during challenging times at work?
  2. Am I clear on my values, passions and vision for my career?
  3. Do I know what development I need to be successful at the work I do?
  4. Am I able to focus on taking care of myself including my physical, emotional and spiritual needs?
  5. Do I fully use my strengths to get my job done?
  6. Am I able to see the positive aspects of a challenge and not dwell on the negative?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, then that is the strategy you need to focus on building to get your resiliency boost. The purpose of Intentional Resiliency is for women to use the powerful strategies to become more resilient and avoid or overcome career challenges, resulting in an extraordinary career.

Dr. Lynn Schmidt has over 20 years of experience developing leaders, with a focus on women in the workplace. She received her coaching credential from the International Coach Federation. She has three books published and her fourth book, Intentional Resiliency: Six Powerful Strategies for Women to Thrive at Work will be published in early 2016.You can find out more about Lynn and Intentional Resiliency at her Facebook author page


  1. #1 is my main area. I have a lot of support in many ways, but still could use more accountability partners.

  2. It really makes a difference to have someone who can help hold you accountable. I have a few writing friends that help give me a kick in the pants when I need it.

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