As an organizational development consultant, I have the privilege of working with a variety of teams.  So what does that have to do with being “single and satisfied”? It’s a good question and one that lead me to think about the fact that every team that I work with is made up of individuals who bring their unique life experiences to the work place.

I am often called to work with teams who are facing challenges as a result of the impact of the, the current economy, a lack of confidence with the organization’s current leadership or large scale changes in the work environment.   I often hear about the symptoms that clearly indicate there is some level of dysfunction; poor morale, lack of trust, turnover, unresolved conflicts, and unskillful communication. It’s no wonder that our division has been asked to facilitate more workshops on “Emotional Resiliency” than ever before in the firm’s history.

Emotional resiliency is defined as our ability to bounce back from challenges. It’s our ability to view disappointments and setbacks as temporary and situational and to find the means to work through them rather than be defeated or defined by them.

People who exhibit emotional awareness, have the ability to persevere, can demonstrate perspective taking abilities, maintain a sense of humor and optimism and seek support tend to be more emotionally resilient.  Whether you are single and satisfied or single and dissatisfied, emotional resiliency is a life skill that transcends the status of all relationships. It’s a life skill that can enhance our ability to celebrate and embrace what we love about being single and cope with the ups and downs of being single.

Emotional resiliency is a trait you can develop. To learn how you can strenghten your own emotional resiliency, you can read more about it by following this link.  There are a number of workshops that focus on learned optimism and emotional resiliency.  There are course descriptions that highlight the key take away skills.

Marcia Kent, MS
President, BizPsych