Team resilience questionnaire


Mark each item with a Y (Yes) or an N (No) according to whether you agree or disagree with it.

Total up all the Y’s that are on ODD numbered statements.

Total up all the Y’s that are on EVEN numbered statements.



Y or N

1. We tend to focus on opportunities rather than threats


2. When we don’t win, it just confirms how tough things are


3. We are generally positive about our future


4. We tend to dwell on our past failures


5. When things don’t work out as planned, we view it as a learning experience


6. We can let setbacks make us more risk averse


7. We have strong confidence in our ability to deal with the unexpected


8. We are not as well-equipped as we should be to handle disruptive change


9. We trust each other’s ability to respond to new challenges


10. We lack collective self-confidence


11. We are very good at what we do


12. We aren’t proud enough of our accomplishments


13. We are very clear about what is and isn’t important


14. We can easily get distracted from our core goals


15. When things get tough, we get focused


16. When things get tough, we have a tendency to focus on tasks that are familiar and comfortable


17. We are good at putting problems into perspective


18. We tend to be wary of disruptive change


19. We are good at stepping back from a problem and seeing it from different perspectives


20. We instinctively try to solve new problems using what has worked in the past


21. We typically generate and evaluate lots of options for tackling new challenges


22. We tend to be “stuck in tramlines” when we tackle difficult problems


23. We invite people with different perspectives and expertise to help us think through challenges


24. We have a strong respect for tradition and precedent


25. We each have the courage to ask for help, even though it means we have to admit our own weaknesses


26. It can be dangerous in this team to be seen as a weak link


27. We always feel able to call on team colleagues for support and help


28. We tend to focus on problems that affect our own area of responsibility more than those that are a collective responsibility for the team


29. We have a wide network of support we can call upon from outside the team


30. It can feel lonely working in this team


31. When we meet with setbacks, we quickly start to plan together how we should respond


32. When we meet with setbacks, we tend to make panic decisions


33. We communicate and coordinate even more intensively when we have a setback to deal with


34. We feel better when we do something, even though it’s not necessarily the right thing


35. We have clear procedures, roles and structures to deal with the unexpected


36. We tend to focus on the immediate problem, with little real attention to longer term implications


37. We have a strong radar for future opportunities and challenges


38. We see innovation as risky


39. We are very open to experiment and to stopping experiments when they don’t work


40. We like to be certain of the direction of change, before we invest in preparing for it


41. If disruptive change affects our competitors as well, we know we can turn this to advantage


42. I can think of at least three things, on which this team is currently procrastinating



Total ODD numbered “Y’s” _______

Total EVEN numbered “Y’s” ________

Higher levels of Team Resilience will be indicated by a higher total ODD numbered “Y” score

Lower levels of Team Resilience will be indicated by a higher EVEN numbered “Y” score

If the ODD numbered “Y” score is two times the EVEN numbered “Y” score then this can be an indicator of very high levels of team resilience.

Copyright – David Clutterbuck

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