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Gemma Leigh Roberts

Developing Mental Agility and Resilience to Thrive in Uncertainty

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    Become more resilient

    Let’s be honest: change has been the name of the game for decades. We’ve got tech revolutions, societal shifts, and economic roller coasters all playing their part in the grand evolution of work. This is why resilience will always matter – it’s the first line of defense against the crazy twists of the modern work world. 

    To be more resilient in uncertain times, you need three things in your toolkit: confidence, adaptability, and mastery.

    Confidence is about believing you can conquer the curveballs thrown your way. Think of it as that moment when you tackle a puzzle – you’re not sure how you’ll solve it, but you know you’ll figure it out. For inspiration, just look at how Spotify thrived during the COVID-19 pandemic. Relying on advertising revenue from free users, the company faced a pandemic-induced budget cut crisis. To reclaim control, it swiftly shifted gears, introducing original content akin to Netflix, striking exclusive podcast deals, and orchestrating radio shows. Despite unclear solutions, Spotify’s strategy hinged on an unwavering belief in its ability to identify and tackle challenges.

    Next up is adaptability. This is an enormous ninja skill because it enables you to turn slipups into stepping stones. Elon Musk, the feedback guru, swears by this. He embraces tweaking and twisting things based on feedback from others until they work like a charm. Beyond seeking feedback, Musk relies on self-questioning – adapting his thinking and behavior to enhance outcomes – and an unwavering commitment to continuous improvement.

    Finally, mastery allows you to remain calm during any storm. Remember how Lego pulled off its jaw-dropping comeback after facing a 30 percent sales drop and $800 million debt in 2003? Jørgen Vig Knudstorp’s appointment as CEO marked an astounding turnaround. He refocused on core strengths, such as harnessing insights on children’s play habits and embracing low-risk innovation. The arguably instinctive move to go back to basics enabled Lego to reclaim its status as a global powerhouse by 2015.

    In short, these pillars of resilience aren’t acts to perform in a silo. They go hand in hand, so you can stay undeterred in the face of market uncertainty. You’re building a toolkit – now use it as you prepare for the future of work.

    Now that you have the blueprint for resilience down pat, it’s time to mentally prepare for the chaos by ramping up your cognitive flexibility.

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    What is Mindset Matters about?

    Mindset Matters (2022) is your handbook to thriving in uncertainty. It contains actionable insights to help you cultivate mental agility for success in any dynamic work setting.

    Who should read Mindset Matters?

    • Professionals seeking new opportunities
    • Business disruptors
    • Career enthusiasts looking to get a step ahead

    About the Author

    Dr. Gemma Leigh Roberts is a psychologist, author, and expert in resilience, well-being, and mindsets. She is the founder of The Resilience Edge and Mindset Matters Hub, impacting millions through online courses. She’s collaborated with global organizations like HSBC and Microsoft, and has been featured in publications including Stylist and Forbes.

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