In today’s business environment, no matter what your role is, you will need to develop “staying power”. The pace of business is relentless, the pace of change is ever accelerating and competition is fierce in the global economy. Those are just the realities of life in the 21st Century … some things we can control, but these are things beyond our control.
Stamina is the ability to sustain effort over a prolonged period. In the business context someone who has good stamina will be able to keep going day in day out with the regular challenges of their job.
Resilience is the ability to recover from setbacks … such as the rejection often suffered by sales people as they try to open new doors, or sell their products and services. It could be the ability to recover from a poor performance review, a project failure or just a tough work environment.
One of the tools that we use when hiring new people at Eagle is a behavioural assessment tool, which looks at a number of characteristics of potential employees. Our particular tool is an online tool from TalentFirst out of the US. Two of the characteristics that we assess in potential employees are stamina and resilience … and while you don’t need to have the attributes of a professional athlete, it is a red flag to us when applicants are shown to have low scores in these areas.
It makes sense to me that if people are resilient and have good stamina then they are likely to be diligent workers, capable of working productively under a bit of pressure. It also makes sense to me that these are basically “learned” traits, and can be impacted positively through good work habits, a positive motivation and by looking after your health and wellness.
I don’t often subscribe to “old school” philosophies but there is something to be said for “sucking it up” and “battling through” when the “going gets tough”. Only by working through the tough times can you understand what you are capable of, and the more you experience those times the more confidence you develop for the future. Too often people are unwilling to “sacrifice” a little or work through tough situations … yet those can be the best times to learn, the best times to grow and the best times to build your confidence.
So … good resilience and strong stamina are attributes that athletes build up over time, to make them peak performers. There is no difference in the work place … we can all improve our performance if we are willing to work at it, invest in ourselves and build our tolerance for the tough times.
By adopting a philosophy that any tough situation is an opportunity to grow we build resilience and stamina … and life itself becomes that much easier. Try it!
Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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