The roly-poly toys wobble when pushed and have the ability to right themselves or regain their original position after being pushed around. No matter what happens to them, they are able to bounce back to an upright position as if nothing has happened to them. They have something inside them to withstand being pushed around.
Balls and space hoppers bounce yet return back to their original shape. Springs are elastic objects that store energy and add bounce to the toy.
Examples of questions you might use when coaching around bouncing back.
– How do you bounce back from stressful situations?
– What causes you to feel stressed? What happens? How do you keep yourself going? What techniques do you use to cope with situations that last over a period of time?
– What does optimism mean to you?
– How often are the situations that seem bad to you created by you? How often are the situations that seem bad to you created by others?
– How do you view these situations? Do you feel as though they apply to you alone, or do you see them as being examples of difficulties encountered by everyone?
– What is your reaction to stress?
– How often do you just carry on as if nothing bad has happened to you? How does this make you feel? What happens in the short term? What happens in the long term?
One of a series of 18 images from the coaching toolbox – Images of Resilience
Find out more about resilience in “The Authority Guide to Emotional Resilience in Business” by Robin Hills.