The Resilience Genie

A set of methods that supports wellbeing and resilience in the workforce. Empowering people with the tools to deal with stress, uncertainty and pressure.

The Resilience Genie contains 100 cards and is great value for teams and organisations who want to support the wellbeing of their people, reduce absenteeism, boost engagement and get practical about health and wellbeing. 

The Resilience Genie is for you and your organisation if you want to:

  • reach peak performance and maximise productivity
  • demonstrate that you care about your people
  • be prepared for times of change, stress and uncertainty
  • get ahead with creating a healthy, safe culture
  • increase team cohesion.

The research behind the Genie

We have built the Resilience Genie on the back of 15 years of experience working in disaster recovery, in New Zealand, Australia and around the world. Designed based on learning from disaster and crisis situations, using cognitive psychology, the Resilience Genie has been tested under the ultimate conditions of prolonged stress and uncertainty.

The global research behind the Resilience Genie, including interviews with over 100 leaders from around the world working in challenging circumstances, was supported by two Winston Churchill Fellowships.

How they work:

Step 1: Open and divide

The cards come in a pack of 100. Once opened they can easily be divided into 6 coloured sections. Each of these sections is designed to help you know what to focus on to get you through challenging times:


Mobilise and get the best support from your support network when you need it most. 

Tips for Turbulence 

Tips, tricks and tales from people around the world to help steer you through rough times.

Prototype Your Body

A number of small experiments that help you work out how best to support your body to perform and stay well. 

Damn Good Decisions

When the pressure is on that we need our decision-making powers to be at their best. Making poor decisions only adds to our load and our stress levels. These cards provide a range of questions that you can use to test key decisions. 

The Cool Down

These cards help guide you when you risk coming undone under pressure. It is during the calm that you are best placed to reflect on your tendencies and work out your strategies before high emotion and stress hit. 

Your Next Move

A range of ways to use the cards both by yourself, in teams and at home. 

Step 2: Choose your favourite cards

Choose your favourite cards from each section. Which cards will be most useful for you or your team when you are under pressure? Which cards resonate or jump out to you?

Step 3: Build a wellbeing and resilience plan

Your chosen cards will form a wellbeing and resilience plan so you and your team are prepared when things get tough. 

There are a huge range of ways you can use these cards both by yourself and as a team:

  • Guide a group conversation or workshop around wellness and resilience in your organisation
  • Create a team resilience playbook by selecting cards that matter most to your team
  • Each individual uses the card to create their own wellbeing and resilience plan
  • Stick your most important card on your laptop screen or use as your phone screen saver as a little reminder to yourself

The Resilience Genie Workshop

Our cards can be accompanied by a workshop delivered by McNaughton & Wills, which helps your people to implement the Resilience Genie and maximise the benefits.

The workshop, designed based on learning from disaster and crisis situations, and cognitive psychology, is for teams and organisations who want to get intentional about wellbeing and resilience.

Customise to suit your brand

Work with us to personalise wellbeing methods for your organisation—your very own bespoke Resilience Genie, using your brand, values, language and stories from your people.

“Well thought out, multitude of thought -provoking nuggets and tools to increase strength resilience and wellbeing.” 

  • John Hodgkin - Regional Manager Ravensdown 


“I love the Genie! I’ve found the tactile analogue nature of the system to be really engaging. Especially when coupled with beautiful design. As a leader it is an empowering tool that enables the team to support each other and demonstrate that we really care about wellbeing.” 

- Brent Chalmers - Head of Public Sector Westpac.

Begin your resilience and wellbeing journey