Find your strengths to rise from trouble

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Adversity stinks, but it does wake you up.

So notes Doug Sundheim, a leadership adviser whose friend recently got the ax in a round of corporate layoffs.

Sundheim’s friend really liked his job and the firm, and offered a leader’s perspective: “Normally I’d be pretty angry, but I’m starting to recognize that I’ve got a choice. I can let this situation harden me or soften me. I can let it shut me down or open me up. And I’m starting to realize that the latter is much more useful.”

When you find yourself in a tough spot, Sundheim says:
  1. Become curious about what happened. What are the facts? How did you contribute to the problem? What would you not change?

  2. Make the appropriate changes as quickly as possible.

  3. Recognize what is indestructible in you. Ask yourself: “What are my indestructible strengths?”
— Adapted from “Leading Ideas: Indestructible Strengths,” Doug Sundheim, FC NOW: The Fast Company Weblog, http://blog.fastcompany.com.

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