Thursday, September 29, 2016

What is Resilience?

The word resilience comes from the Latin resilio which means to turn around, to make a leap or to rebound. It is like an elastic band when it is stretched and stretched but then always returns to its initial shape.

One of the main criteria to why organizations succeed or fail, compete or crumble is how resilient their employees are.  To be resilient, all of us have to develop excellent change leadership skills.

Embracing the characteristics of resilient children, promoting the personal traits of resilient leaders and recognizing the strengths and the qualities of resilient teams and organizations will help us to become more resilient.

What can you control?
A clear characteristic of resilient people is their capacity to achieve their goals even in the face of adversity.  Many of the organizational changes that you will experience in your working life may not actually be initiated by you.  In fact, many employees feel that they have little or no control over the change that impact directly on them.  How often have you heard other employees say “what can I do?” Despite this, resilient individuals have an ability to bounce back while others feel helpless in their plight in life.  Here’s the secret: resilient individuals shift the power by taking control. This is merely a shift in energy from a powerless “what can I do?” to an energized, “what can I do to make a difference?”

Think about what you CAN control, what you can influence, and what you cannot control. Focus on those things about the change that you CAN control.

Until next time...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP  

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