Many of my personal learnings in relation to resilience come from my lived experience as a CEO of AFL clubs. This was a test I failed often, tough lessons learned when dealing with the ups and downs, often with an inappropriate allocation of emotional resources.
For those who have studied high performance, there is no golden thread, but there are common characteristics.
Hall of Fame AFL coach Allan Jeans would say “You can’t put in what God left out”.
It’s a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at the hallowed stretch of turf beneath him, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.
In my experience, teams gain their resolve from their shared experiences, the most important being the tough times when individuals falter and team ethos is tested.