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Mission First People Always's podcast

May 31, 2022

Resilience is the capacity to deal with difficulty, adapt, and come back stronger. It's something today's guest argues is critically important for teams--especially if there is going to be meaningful development and learning. But this requires an intentional approach that engages all of the key components of resilience. 

Welcome back to the Mission First People Always Podcast! In this episode, we have a conversation with a scholar who has not only studied building resiliency on teams as an academic discipline but who has quite literally, proven to be a fearless leader in the trenches. Dr. Gene Coughlin is a Marine Corps officer and combat veteran (We love our veterans on the Mission First People Always Podcast and we sincerely thank them for their service). He has also worked in a variety of for-profit and nonprofit organizations to witness the value of resilience firsthand. 

Dr. Coughlin is the founder and CEO of the Resilience-Building Leader Program (RBLP). Their mission–and yes, we love mission clarity around here –is to certify front-line supervisors, middle managers, and senior leaders that have successfully demonstrated competency in what it takes to Build Resilient Teams for organizational learning and change.

You see, we believe resilient teams are needed now more than ever. Hit play to learn how you can create a team that not only overcomes adversity but adapts and grows from it. 

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In today’s episode you will learn:

  • Why resilience matters (because the important stuff is always hard)
  • What leaders do to promote resilience in their teams
  • How the Resilience Building Leader Program (RBLP) was developed
  • How supervisors, managers, and senior leaders can earn the RBLP Certification
  • Why resilience is tied to organizational learning and change
  • And Much More!

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Minute By Minute:

  • 0:02 Let’s talk about prepping your team to overcome adversity
  • 2:00 Get to know Dr. Gene Coughlin
  • 7:30 What Dr. Coughlin learned about leadership during his doctoral research
  • 10:02 The power of resilience in the workplace
  • 13:44 How to build trust with your people
  • 20:28 One hole Dr. Gene has identified in the market
  • 24:30 The #1 challenge most teams encounter
  • 31:30 How Dr. Gene used experimental learning
  • 37:16 How to connect with Dr. Gene and learn more