Oct 9, 2018
Dr. Wini Curley is a resilience expert, consultant, and speaker. She shows leaders and their teams how to stay connected to their goals through mutual respect while overcoming challenges. Dr. Curley combined her professional development expertise and inner science geek to create the appreciation experiment—an innovative approach to building team trust, performance, and resilience. Her first book “The Good Vibes Handbook” explores personal stress and energy management tools for business professionals and is coming out late this year.
Resilience is about how you deal with bumps in the road—changing client needs and other business challenges that cross boundaries into home life as well. So, how do you teach resilience? It comes down to awareness. Being aware of the choices you have to make—which is always the choice in how you respond, not just react to situations.
Engagement is a cornerstone of resilience as well, but what does that mean? There is the behavioral element to engagement, but the deeper level deals with your connection to the big picture of your work. Taking ownership of you and your team and seeing how all the pieces stick together—and then expressing your appreciation for everyone and how they fit together in the team.
Appreciation works differently for everyone, both on the giving and receiving end. Dr. Curley would challenge you to reach out to your team and ask them how they want to be appreciated—is it verbal praise, something physical, a one on one conversation as opposed to something announced to the whole team. And once you understand how to appreciate others, you can take a step back and see how you yourself are receiving appreciation so that the entire cycle can continue.