Timex Mentality–Resilient Leaders


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Leaders are continually challenged to be effective in every season, shift, change, or circumstance.  

In order to be more effective in changing times, leaders must be resilient. A resilient leader is a leader who:

  • Can fail and get back up,
  • Realize what he or she is doing is no longer effective and make the necessary changes.
  • Has the Timex Watch mentality—takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

It is hard to be resilient. The basic idea of resilient leadership, is that the leader keeps coming back, doesn’t quit, stays in the same place, and continues to move forward in the face of opposition or changing times.

Resilience–the fact you need to be resilient means there is an opposing  force.

Sometimes resiliency is the ability to shift in focus.

What was effective in the past may be ineffective today. Your good idea in one season is a bad idea in the next. I have been in my current position for the past twenty-three years. I will never forget a meeting I was in with my leaders. They were talking about some of the things we were doing and how out of date and ineffective these programs were. I started getting a little ticked off, because all the ideas they were talking about were my ideas. They were my ideas fifteen years ago. I realized if I am going to be a resilient leader I had to change. What was a good idea fifteen years ago could be a bad idea today.

3 Keys to Being Resilient

1. Retool

Culture has changed in so many ways. In just the past five years technology and communication have dramatically influenced how the world relates and communicates. Leaders who are unwilling to adjust in the face of culture and paradigm shifts will not be able to reinvent or retool themselves or their organizations.

2. Reset 

Being willing to put aside what used to work, even if it was your idea, is the mark of a Resilient Leader. The ability to bounce back speaks to the leader’s humility and tenacity. Humility means the leader realizes what was working is no longer working and is willing to change.

  • What you do is not as important is why you do it.
  • How you do is not as important is why you do it
  • Your motive/message are priority above method

3. Rebound

Realize not every fight has to be fought, not every wall has to be conquered, and not every river has to be crossed all in the same day. Resilient leaders know how to call it a day and come back to the fight tomorrow.

  • Realize not every battle needs to be fought
  • Realize not every battle will be a victory
  • Realize in every battle there are casualties


Question: What do you do to keep coming back—to be resilient