Resilience Fitness Training

Event Type: Course

Resilience Fitness Training IOG Revised

Many things in our workplace happen outside of our control. However, we can learn to control the way we respond. In fact, it’s possible for us to control the function of our own nervous system and change the way we think, act and feel at any given time. With this skill we can build resilience and enhance our workplace well-being and performance.

With a new government, and with change being driven by technology and other challenges, resilience is a key component of effective leadership in today’s public sector workplace. Resilience is the capacity to mobilise personal resources to tolerate, cope with and overcome adverse events, and to grow and develop as a consequence of such events.

Resilience is the ability to withstand or recover from difficult situations and to ensure your organization can do the same. It includes our capacity to make the best of things, cope with stress and rise to the occasion. This one-day workshop offers a practical training in skills, strategies and insights that help your personal and organizational resilience grow.

Outcome from Resilience Fitness training:

Participants will be taught the techniques and approaches to building personal and organizational resilience; they will be provided with exercises and routines that can be adopted on a daily basis; participants will learn how to build a reservoir of resilience against stressful events; they will also learn how to help build resilience in others and in their organisations.

The programme explains the impact that adverse events has on people, and how resilience is about forming an attitude towards an event that determines how the individual copes with it and become stronger as a result.

The Resilience Fitness workshop raises awareness of the impacts of stress on personal and professional leadership performance. We teach participants how to control their stress physiology to reduce stress quickly, improve sleep, increase stamina and build long-term stress resilience.

Participants learn how to develop practical strategies for integrating these skills into their working day.  They will also learn about the most up to date organizational resilience initiatives and how they may be able to use these as leaders in their organizations.

Workshop Content

  • Overview – Resilience, Stress and Performance.
  • Recognising the signs and symptoms of stress and burn-out.
  • Resilience Fitness – practical skills for building resilience.
  • Integrating resilience skills into the working day.
  • Organizational resilience concepts and tools.

The Resilience Fitness training is skills-based and highly interactive. Participants learn and practice a range of skills they can use throughout their day.  This is an evidence based program drawing on the latest research and practices in the field.

Who is this Resilience training workshop for?

This workshop is for managers who are interested in improving their own and their staff performance. It will also be of interest for those involved in wellbeing and stress prevention.

Course instructor
Dr. Wayne Corneil is an Adjunct Professor at the Telfer School of Management.  He is involved in several major research projects on executive health (including the APEX Health and Wellbeing Surveys), leadership during crises and psychosocial aspects of disasters and terrorism.

Dr. Corneil has a doctorate in Epidemiology and Occupational Health Psychology from the School of Hygiene & Public Health of the Johns Hopkins University, and professional degrees in psychotherapy, social work, criminology and adult education.

Course fee
The cost of this course is $890 (no HST) per person. The price includes expert facilitation, course materials, morning and afternoon coffee, and a buffet lunch. Registration is done through an online registration system where you can pay by credit card or request an invoice.

Extending the learning
All IOG courses are prepared and taught be those who have held senior positions in the federal government. They are guided by a Learning Committee of senior federal government public servants.

For those who wish to have an adapted course that is specific to their issues and requirements, customized course offerings can be delivered on request for branches, teams or groups, in English or French in any part of the country. For more information about customized courses, contact Toby Fyfe at or at 613 562 0090 x242 for details.

The IOG also offers the Coaching Circle, to assist executives and officers at all levels of government as well as non-profit and other organizations in the development of their leadership skills.

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