Dealing with setbacks & adversity

Everything doesn’t always go to plan at Protocol Consultancy Services, particularly with having the government as paymaster compounded with staff illness and holiday cover and tight deadlines to always meet. Our tips for dealing with setbacks and adversity are:

  • Stay Positive – believe you can find a way through and see setbacks as challenges to overcome, not problems standing in your way.
  • Eliminate limiting thoughts.
  • Believe in yourself and your abilities.
  • Take Control – Stay calm, you can’t always control everything so control what you can, prioritise.
  • Adjust your Perspective – Focus on the best outcome not the worst and start to plan remember “worst things happen at sea”.
  • Draw on experiences, both yours and others in support of answers, check on line forums and the web. Share externally as well as internally if appropriate.
  • Use mentoring techniques to support each other.
  • Take action to ascertain the root cause of the problem if you can and then devise your strategic plan to cope with the situation and turn it round.


As with most leadership tasks, overcoming setbacks and adversity also requires continuing effort, even after the immediate difficulty is left behind, at Protocol Consultancy Service we make sure a similar situation doesn’t place the company in jeopardy again. Prevention is critical, so think and act your way to success by planning for, preventing, and overcoming setbacks and adversity.

dealing with setbacks and adversity

If you are interested in employing an apprentice for your business or looking for an apprenticeship for yourself, feel free to give us a call on 0121 236 2634, where you can speak directly to a qualified member of staff.