Dealing with Change and Building Resilience
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Dealing with Change and Building Resilience

How to move from Survive to Thrive in Challenge and Change through Understanding the Workings of your Brain
4.2 (27 ratings)
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Created by Ms Clare Edwards
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the nature of stress and change from the perspective of evolution and the brain, be able to manage their emotional responses to situations that trigger a stress response, have a rationally optimistic outlook on challenge and change, be more self-aware and in charge of their attitude to and perspective on life's challenges
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  • The only prerequisites for this course are a willingness to learn and make small incremental changes that will result in increased levels of resilience and an ability to deal with change that does not result in negative stress

Change both inside and outside of the business world is becoming increasingly complex, fast-paced and ambiguous resulting in feelings of uncertainty, confusion and fear.

Our ability to deal effectively with the nature and pace of change is being tested daily and resulting in reduced resilience levels and increased negative stress. This is UNSUSTAINABLE.

Dealing with Change and Building Resilience is a course designed first to help you understand what’s going on in your brain when faced with unprecedented levels of challenge and change and secondly to provide you with practical and proven strategies, skills and models to help you:-

  • move through the change process quicker
  • help change your current perspectives about how you think about change
  • bounce back out of the dips of work and home life
  • return to thinking clearly and rationally regardless of the levels of pressure
  • make informed, balanced decisions and
  • problem-solve in a calm and considered state    

Our work comes from the fields of neuroscience and positive psychology and is evidence-based and validated. We explore at a deep level what good and bad stress is, the nature and origins of change from our earliest of times and how we can override our evolutionary instinctual reactions to be able to respond and tackle life and work challenges head on – with a calm and considered demeanour.

Our ability to stay cool under pressure is a critical element of being an effective corker, manager or leader. We need to role model the behaviours we expect in others and that includes understanding our emotions, our emotional responses and how to dampen down heightened emotions and respond calmly.

Clare and Anne, your presenters, are both graduates of the Neuroscience of Leadership and Change and Positive Psychology. They also draw on their many years of leadership and management experience with global corporations to deliver to you a course packed with strategies that work, tips, models and helpful hints for making lasting, sustainable behavioural and attitudinal change.

Each module builds on the previous one to deepen knowledge and understanding and is accompanied by a comprehensive workbook and reflection questions. There’s also a quick quiz at the end of each module to facilitate learning.

PLEASE NOTE - This course is not intended to address clinical depression. If you at any time think that you might be depressed then it is critical that you visit your general practitioner or relevant health professional.

What you get out of the course is in direct proportion to what you put in. To get the most from your learning experience we would suggest:-

  • Going through the programme in the same order as it is set out
  • Pausing at the end of each lecture and making relevant notes in your workbook
  • Completing the brain activity warm up exercises and all other exercises suggested in your workbooks or on the videos
  • Spacing your learning between modules. Aim to embed and implement your learning from the module before moving on to the next on
  • Become curious about what else is available to assist your learning journey e.g. helpful articles or videos

Just as we can’t learn to play the saxophone by listening to a CD or learning to read sheet music (you need to buy a sax, pick it up and start playing!) you won’t be able to develop your skills of emotional resilience, emotional intelligence and change agility unless you give it a go.  

We continually review and refine our course material to stay current and accurate and welcome any feedback you have.

Enjoy the course!

Clare and Anne of BrainSmart 

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for students who are wanting to develop practical strategies to build their emotional resilience and cope more effectively with change. The course has a business slant and is also equally effective for dealing with challenge and change in life in general
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Curriculum For This Course
35 Lectures
Module 1 - Exploring the Relationship between our Brains and Change
6 Lectures 20:08

This opening video explains the format and structure of the programme and how it has been designed in a way for you to get the most out of it so please watch to the end and you're set to go! 

Preview 02:53

Here you can gain a deeper understanding of the content of the programme and the key learning outcomes which include:-

  • Understanding the benefits of training your brain
  • Being more positive and optimistic
  • Becoming calmer
  • Reducing stress levels
  • Sustaining energy, focus and attention
  • Increasing self-awareness and self-control
  • Developing high levels of resilience
  • Having a more effective brain

We also include a brain warm up activity which can be found in your workbook

Preview 01:52

Here we cover:-

  • The role of the brain in keeping us safe
  • An introduction to the 3 main layers of our brain and their key functions
  • The big picture of the nature of change over the ages and why this matters 
  • The consequences of failing to adapt to the nature and pace of change 
Preview 04:13

Understanding why our brains default to the negative and on what scale and the implications for dealing with challenge and change 

Preview 02:16

Here we invite you to take part in an exercise that reveals the error detection mechanism working in our brain. This also helps to put our reactions to change into context.  

Experiencing Change

  • The role of the part of our brain responsible for our fight, flight and freeze response
  • The role of the part of our brain responsible for rationalising and calming our stress reactions
  • Our physiological response to threatening situations
  • Why change can be hard
  • Reflection time - critical to embedding learning
  • Interim module work to maximise learning
  • Module summary
Our Brains and Change plus Learning Summary

3 questions about the module content you have just covered 

Quick Brain Quiz - Module 1
3 questions
Module 2 - Understanding Good and Bad Stress and the Impact on Performance
6 Lectures 22:56

In this module we explore the world of stress, both good and bad stress and learn 2 strategies for managing our individual stress responses.   We start with a review of module 1 and an invitation to you to consider 2 to 3 outcomes you would like to get from this session. 

We also include a brain warm up activity which can be found in your workbook

Introduction and Overview

  • Definition of stress and introducing good and bad stress
  • The Goldilocks Effect 
Stress and the Performance Curve

  • Our body's natural stress response
  • Identifying potential symptoms of aversive stress
  • Cumulative stress
  • Exploring eustress activities 
Stress Responses, Cumulative Stress and Good stress

  • The role of dopamine and serotonin in bringing us back to balance
  • The impact of stress on our cognitive functions
  • Gaining a rational perspective with the 'control the controllables' exercise and demonstration
Our Brains in Stress - Controlling the Controllables

Taking a number of challenging scenarios and using questions to help dampen down our emotional reaction and highlight our rational response instead

Learning the Rational Questioning Strategy

  • Recap of what we covered in module 2
  • Overview of what we'll be covering in  module 3
Learning Summary

3 questions that help to recap what was covered in module 2 

Quick Brain Quiz - Module 2
3 questions
Module 3 - Taming the Inner Tiger - Proven Strategies to Reduce Stress
6 Lectures 22:15

In this module we deepen our knowledge and understanding of stress and explore practical strategies for reducing the levels of negative stress through We start by recapping module 2 and inviting you to consider 2 - 3 outcomes from this module.

We also include a brain warm up activity which can be found in your workbook.

Introduction and overview

  • How neuroplasticity happens in the brain
  • Creating a positive environment for the brain to flourish
  • Introduction to self-care, self-awareness and self-regulation
  • Strategies for getting good quality and adequate sleep 
Neuroplasticity and the 3 legged Stool of Self-care

  • The link between nutrition and brain function
  • Brain-friendly foods
  • The link between exercise and brain function
  • The link between exercise and depression
  • Commitment to change in small steps
Nutrition and Exercise - even if you hate the Gym!

  • Developing our levels of self-awareness
  • Introducing the concept of attentional intelligence
  • The self-awareness snapshot exercise
Mastering Self-awareness and honing Focus and Attention

  • Introduction to noticing in the present (mindfulness)
  • Practical mindfulness exercises 
  • 'Understanding me' model
  • Learning the difference between reacting and responding 
The Art of Emotional Self-regulation and being Present

  • The power of veto
  • A recap of what we covered in module 3
  • An overview of module 4
Learning summary

Quick Brain Quiz - Module 3
3 questions
Module 4 - Secrets about Change you need to know
5 Lectures 17:38

In this module we deepen our knowledge and understanding of change and the stages we go through when faced with change. We also introduce the concept of threat and reward. We start by recapping module 3 and inviting you to consider 2 - 3 outcomes from this module.

We also include a brain warm up activity which can be found in your workbook. 

Introduction and Overview

  • Our predictable reactions to change
  • Survival tactics we deploy
  • Changing our thinking around change
  • Your unique reactions to change
What we can Predict about our Responses to Change

  • The transition curve explained
  • Additional factors affecting how we deal with change
  • Spotting ourselves on the transition curve
Our Unique Journey through Change

  • The cyberball experiment - how we experience exclusion and rejection
  • The location of physical and social pain in the brain and what this means
  • Understanding the concepts of threat and reward with regards to our core social needs 
Exploring the Social Needs that drive our Behaviour in Change

  • An invitation to you to establish your current unique hierarchy of social needs 
  • A recap of what we covered in module 4
  • What we'll be covering in Module 5 
Learning Summary

Quick Brain Quiz Module 4
3 questions
Module 5 - How to make Friends with Change and Stay in Control
6 Lectures 21:09

In this module we delve deeper into strategies that can help us to move the processing from the emotional centre of the brain to the rational centre and gain a more balanced perspective of the changes we are facing. This then helps us to think more clearly and to problem-solve and make well-informed decisions.

We also include a brain warm up activity which can be found in your workbook. 

Introduction and Overview

  • Thinking patterns around change
  • Recognisable thinking traps
  • The Circle of Certainty exercise 
Learning to Gain Perspective in Change

This very powerful exercise can help you move from fight or flight to calm in a very short space of time. NB. Take regular practice to perfect! 

  • Switching our negative bias to a positive one 
Taming a L.I.O.N (without getting hurt!)

Here we cover a number of strategies that help us to conserve move from working harder to working smarter through energy and attention management. 

Managing Energy, Attention and Focus for Greater Productivity and Calm

This strategy has been developed by Australian Psychologist Dr Adam Fraser and looks at how we can move or transition effectively from one situation to another, whether that be meetings at work or transitioning from work to home - how can we show up to be fully present? 

The Third Space - Mastering the 'Micro-Transition'

  • A summary of what we've covered from Module 5
  • An overview of what we'll be covering in Module 6
Learning Summary

Quick Brain Quiz Module 5
3 questions
Module 6 - Building Resilience by Mastering the Art of Bouncing Back
6 Lectures 21:37

This module builds on the previous 5 and focuses on multiple strategies we can use to build our levels of personal resilience and move from surviving to thriving in challenge and change.

There is also a brain warm up activity in your workbook. 

Introduction and Overview

  • Defining resilience
  • Benefits of developing resilience
  • Findings from positive psychology
  • Strategies of highly resilient people
Strategies of Highly Resilient People Part 1

  • De-personalising criticism
  • Focusing on others
  • Random acts of kindness
Strategies of Highly Resilient People Part 2

  • The power of a gratitude practice to build resilience
  • Reframing obstacles as challenges and opportunities
  • Power questions to reframe from negative to positive
Gratitude and Reframing Obstacles as Opportunities

The Most Important Element of all in Building Resilience

Building a support ladder

We recap on the programme's 6 modules and wish you well on your journey to building resilience and dealing effectively with change - go well! 

Module and Programme Learning Summary
About the Instructor
Ms Clare Edwards
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Clare has extensive experience of working with international businesses and in the hospitality industry. She spent 16 years working at senior management level with European and American organisations. During that time, she was Head of Corporate Development for XO Global Communications, Customer Marketing Manager for SAP UK, and has worked in and managed multinational teams. In these roles, she was responsible for selling strategic IT information services to Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as running all support services including Customer Care, Product Support and Distribution.

Following her passion for people development, Clare transitioned to working with 2 leading UK team development companies, assisting key clients including The Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to take their teams to the next level of performance.

Clare is fluent in the Dutch language and conversant in French and German. She has consulted to a number of organisations in the UK and Australia, including commercial, public sector and not for profit clients. In April 2015 Clare relocated back to the UK and launched her business BrainSmart, based on the principles of Neuroleadership and Neurochange (leadership and change through understanding the brain).

An intuitive ability to sense challenges and opportunities in inter-team dynamics, to help organisations create or enhance their culture and to facilitate sustainable change through people are Clare’s particular strengths.                                    

Clare holds a Diploma of the Neuroscience of Leadership, a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of West London and is a certified Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), a Team Management Systems® (TMS) Practitioner and Opportunity Orientation Profile Practitioner. She holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is a Professional Member of the Professional Speaking Association (PSA), a member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). She has also studied the ‘Foundations of Positive Psychology’ with The University of Pennsylvania's College of Liberal & Professional Studies and ‘Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence’ with Case Western Reserve University.