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Resilience is your ability to quickly and effectively recover from challenging situations

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When Change Leaders are resilient, they are able to adapt and overcome their natural stress responses. Instead of being overwhelmed and feeling victimised, they choose to stay motivated and keep a positive mindset. That gives them a sense of control. They commit and desire the future state. These Leaders rise to the challenge, driven to find the opportunities for business and personal growth during times of uncertainty.

Control, Commitment, and Challenge are the three C’s of you being resilient.

The Resilient Change Leader workbook

Go ahead and download your EXCELerate Resilient Change Leader workbook. Throughout the course, you will be working through the activities and worksheets in your workbook.

  • Work through each course activity and save your work in your workbook with File> Save. Click here to watch a short video on how to use your workbook.
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  • At each activity upload the workbook to the assignment field in order to mark the topic complete and progress with your course. Click here to watch a short video on how to upload an assignment.

Your workbook and the EXCELerate Change Leadership worksheets within will become a powerful tool for you to prepare and execute Change Management activities at work.

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Why we aim to be resilient in change?

Without resilience, people lack the motivation to overcome obstacles. For example, we might sign up for a marathon, but when the training turns out harder than expected, we won’t show up on the big day.

When non-resilient people encounter obstacles during change, they find it hard to identify internal and external motivators, the so-called ‘What’s in it for me?’ (WIIFM).


As the Covid-19 pandemic showed, uncertainty can overwhelm us and make us fight, flee, or freeze.  Some people shut their eyes to the threat, many started hoarding toilet paper and others created a contingency plan and took action. People will hesitate, procrastinate, openly resist, or opt-out from the required behavioural changes to conquer and adapt to their new situations. This damages our change leadership shadow. Resilience will allow us to bounce back quickly and motivate others to do the same.

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