Corona-Crisis Special

Resilience Online-Meetup „Leadership Exchange“

with Resilience and Leadership-Experts Munir Rashid and Frank Alkenbrecher
Every Wednesday, 7.00 – 8.30 pm Berlin time (UTC: 17:00)

You are invited to join us Wednesdays from 7.00 to 8:30 pm Berlin time (UTC 17:00) on Zoom to learn, share, and grow. The need for leadership skills is obvious in these times. We check our egos at the door (as much as possible) and meet to exchange our challenges and expertise. Everyone is welcome, as we are all leaders, either explicitly or implicitly, of ourselves and the people around us. The session will evolve based on the participants, what they want to learn, and what they want to offer.

Munir Rashid

Munir Rashid remote leadership coach & trainer, has over 25 years experience in digital transformation and leadership development, including leading the programs in English for the ResilienzForum. Munir has degrees in Computer Science and Leadership, and his many certifications include professional coaching and human performance. He trains his body, mind, and spirit through a mindful practice of contact improvisation.

Frank Alkenbrecher

Frank Alkenbrecher has been in various leadership positions in the pharmaceutical industry in the US, France, and Germany. Recently, he was the General Manager, Germany, for Zambon, a family-owned pharmaceutical business based in Italy. He has been involved with the ResilienzForum since 2013, is the co-author of a book in German which deals with resilience and leadership, and is a public speaker on related topics.

Resilience Podcast „Corona & Remote Work“

With Munir Rashid & Frank Alkenbrecher

In this special podcast series, our leadership experts, Munir Rashid and Frank Alkenbrecher, share their insights on resilient ways to provide remote leadership. They deepen the ideas described in the new Harvard Business Review article, „8 Ways to Manage Your Team While Social Distancing“ Timothy R. Clark.

Drawing on their decades of experience in leadership and coaching, they provide specific examples on how to implement the guidelines, provide pragmatism about the obstacles of the new remote work situations, and inspire with their focus on resilient responses and the emergent opportunities in the current situation.

Listen to the whole series


von Munir Rashid & Frank Alkenbrecher | "Resilient Leadership, Corona-Crises and Remote Work"

How do we perform in times of crises?

Even in these times of COVID 19 the good news is: We can bring out our strengths to become change experts and crisis managers in the world. Resilience – the resistance to crises and burdens – is natural expertise within us, waiting to be developed. The question is how we can create working conditions for ourselves and our employees in which we optimally develop our natural potentials into applied resilience?

  • hat keeps you healthy and motivated?
  • What makes you strong and more creative at work?
  • How do you balance expectations and reality?

The answer we have found is to use the bamboo resilience principle to cultivate more creativity and health at work. The bamboo has always stood for a successful strategy for dealing with turbulent times: Bending with the wind instead of breaking. The bamboo allows mobility and flexibility, at the same time, it is also deeply rooted, stable and steadfast.

Resilience Development Program for Leadership and Teams

The world of work is VUCA. It is unpredictable in many areas, increasingly uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Restructuring and change processes are no longer exceptions, instead they are a common experience. Resilience is a requirement for success.

Combating stress in the workplace has become an important part of preventive occupational health policy. In 2011 alone, there were 59.2 million hospital days due to mental stress in the workplace – this represents an increase of more than 80 percent in the last 15 years.


Resilience Diagnostik, Team-Coaching & Training

In the Resilience-Circle-Training developed by Ella Gabriele Amann and the diagnostic with SIZE Process®, we describe key characteristics that help teams and their Leaders in dealing with crises, problems and stress:

  • how to be prepared for the unknown,
  • be flexible and adaptable,
  • dealing with stresses and strains in a variety of ways,
  • reacting with ease and emerging from crisis empowered and
  • acting even more effectively.

We show in our resilience training why the issue of health promotion is becoming a top priority and how to activate the themes of resilience and health promotion in everyday management. Specifically, participants will receive opportunities for practical exercises, exchange and discussion on the topics of:

  • How do we find more fortitude – without being rigid?
  • How can we be flexible, agile and responsive, thereby getting work done without feeling rushed?
  • How important is it for us to be well-connected and rooted through relationships?
  • How can we rise again after the storm has subsided?
  • What it means to regularly maintain a healthy work/life balance
bamboo resilience training & the resilience circle training

Bamboo Resilience Training Takeaway

The Training Days offer participants multiple interactive activities, focused exercises, and plenty of opportunities to see how they can apply their learnings to their daily routines. Accompanying their training, participants take away:

  • a resilience workbook
  • a one-pager with theresiliencecircle visual key
  • a personalresilience-activity tracker to encourage bringing specific practices into their everyday work
  • post session documentation highlighting the specific experiences of the training days
  • each participant receives an individual access to the electronic version of the 135 page Haufe Pocket Guide “Resilience” by Ella Gabriele Amann.

Our Team

Munir Rashid

Munir started his career in 1987, migrating non-profits into the computer age. Since discovering it is people that make the most difference for success, he works around the globe, as a facilitator, coach, and consultant, applying experiential activities for performance optimization and resilience development. In addition to his academic degrees, he has attended numerous trainings in best practice tools, processes, and systems to facilitate human and organizational development.

Munir Rashid is a certified Resilience-Circle-Trainer-Practitioner and SIZE Process® Trainer. He leads our Resilience Programs in English for the ResilienzForum Berlin since 2013. Please call for more information.

Frank Alkenbrecher

Resilience Leadership-Consulting

Stefanie Bay

RZT® Practitioner, Resilience-Facilitation, Team- & Leadership-Coaching

Ariane Fuechtner

RZT® Practitioner, Resilience-Facilitation, Coaching, Traumatherapy

Bettina Bonkas

RZT® Practitioner, Resilience-Facilitation in English

„The two day Resilience Program gave me a deeper understanding of my ability to cope with stress and pressure at work. I took home a lot of simple and effective tools to build up more confidence and self-esteem. Thanks!”

Su, Berlin

Business-Trainer, About our Resilience-Circle-Training for Work

„Wir konnten das Resilienz-Team-Coaching mit SIZE Prozess gleich zweisprachig machen! Das war großartig. So haben wir die interkulturellen in unserem Team noch besser verstanden und in nur zwei Coaching-Sessions unsere Arbeitsorganisation enorm verbessern können. ”

Gabriela, Berlin

Project-Manager, About our Resilience-Coaching with SIZE Prozess

“Two intensive and wonderful interactive days – we learned a lot and had a lot of fun at the same time. Munir Rashid really walks what he talks! His teaching is inspiring and he gave us a lot of examples and tips to apply the ideas of the bamboo resilience training to our everyday work and life!”

Markus, Munich

HR Consultant, About our Resilience-Workshop for Leaders

Agile Leadership & Resilience

Through long-term studies, researchers have discovered that around a third of us possess the resilience needed to face crises and difficult situations and emerge from them even stronger than before. Many people display this talent in their very early years; others develop it later, over the course of time. A serious illness, a separation or an unexpected job change, for example, might act as a trigger, causing us to question our patterns of behavior and develop a new, positive attitude to life.

People’s careerpaths can include different occasionsf or development crises. Theyare an integral element of our maturation. Theyare what provide us with important learning processes. Besidesdevelopment crises, there are acute stress crises. They frequently arise due to unexpected, sudden events such as accidents, illness, separation or economic crises, but also as a result of positive eventssuch as amarriage, the birth of a child, awin in the lottery, careersuccess or apromotion. The stress involved with positive events is often underestimated, although they, too, presentuswith new and substantial challenges.

Learn more about our Bamboo Resilience Coaching

Enjoy our Video-Podcast-Series with Munir Rashid. Learn more about the Bamboo Resilience Training – and let us know if you have any questions or if you want to book a Bamboo Resilience Training oder Coaching for you or your team.

What it means to be resilient

Resilient people are able to deal with pressure or stress in such away thatthey can return to their normal stateonce the period of tension is over:

  • Sick people become healthy again.
  • Sad people become happy again.
  • Stressedpeople find peace and tranquillity.
  • Overworked people are able to relax.

Life crises are overcome and economic problems are conquered.

Similar to our immune system,which protects our body from illness,resilience refers to the immune system of our psyche or soul: it helps us todeal with stress,pressure and crises. A person’s or an organization’s resilience is, however, not regarded as apermanent state thathas always existedand is retainedforever, but rather as alifelong learning process. Our resilience and thus our powers of resistance can vary from situation to situation and be stronger or weakerdepending on the stage of life we happen to be in.

Definition of Resilience

The term “resilience“ (meaning “elasticity“ or “vigour“; from the Latin resilire,meaning “rebound“) originates from physics and describes the ability of amaterial to changeshape, then afterwards regain its original form. In general, resilience stands for asystem’s tolerance to disruption. The term was embraced by psychologists to describe the humanability to recover from adverse circumstances, failures, grievances and illnesses and to start afresh. Resilience stands for psychological robustness –or in other words, psychological elasticity.

The Bamboo Resilience Circle Training©

The resilience circle training, summarized under eight concepts which can be systematically trained and fostered. They include: optimism, acceptance, solutions-focused thoughts and actions, self-regulation, personal responsibility, relationships, shapingthe future, and the ability to improvise. Step by step, aresilience circle trainingcourse can help organizations, directors, managers and employees alike to 8 Eight factors that build up resilience.