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The Importance of Resilience

The Importance of Resilience

The Importance of Resilience

Resilience is a measure of people's ability to recover quickly from stress, defeats and upsets, and to "bounce back stronger" with an improved performance.

Resilience is composed of many elements: emotional, intellectual, tactical, social and systemic.

Resilience training is important because it develops mechanisms to give better protection against situations which could be overwhelming, including:

  1. Improves peoples' emotional responses to setbacks and difficulties.
  2. Develops better tactical responses to setbacks and defeats.
  3. Finding the potential benefits in any change in circumstances.
  4. Supporting friends and colleagues through difficult times.
  5. Positively affect the workplace culture and thus make everyone more resilient.

Resilience training teaches people to understand the importance of developing resilience, and teaches methods that increase resilience in large groups, small teams and individual people.

1. Improve peoples' emotional responses to setbacks and difficulties.

The most important component of resilience training is emotional; because people are strongly affected by how they feel.

There are many times when we need to change how people feel, but we have no power to change the facts.

Therefore, in order to change how people, feel, we must change the MEANING that they ascribe to events. It is not the event itself that drives emotions. It is what people believe the event to MEAN that drives emotional response.

Emotional resilience training shows people how they can change the way they feel by changing the meaning that they ascribe to events.

The principle is: Disempowered meanings create disempowered people. Empowered meanings create empowered people.

Resilience training starts by changing the way we think and talk about difficulties and defeats.

2. Develop better behavioural responses to setbacks and defeats.

"Resilient action" has a definite structure. People who lack resilience, tend to act in chaotic, disorganised, incoherent ways and try to resist change.

On the other hand, "resilient actions" are purposeful, well organised, intelligently implemented, and evolutionary in nature.

Resilience training teaches the structure of resilient action and shows how it can be implemented in practice.

3. How to find the potential benefit that is contained in any change in circumstances.

The world is in a continual state of change. Most people find it stressful. But change always carries within it the seeds of a benefit. There is always an opportunity buried in the change, which if identified and cultivated, could be made to grow into a beautiful benefit tree.

Resilient people presuppose that there is a potential benefit in any situation, and they set out, methodically to actualise that potential.

Resilience training shows people examples of such cases, in the expectation that the delegates will start to look for the similar benefits in their own situation.

4. How to support friends and colleagues through difficult times.

The principles of resilience apply equally to everyone, NOT only to those people who attend resilience training courses.

It is therefore the duty of every delegate, not only to apply the material to themselves, but also to use it to help others.

The delegates on resilience training should act as ambassadors. They should go out and actively teach others the techniques and behaviours of resilience to others: friends, colleagues, and family.

The more people who become resilient, the better off we all become.

5. How to affect the culture and thus make everyone more resilient.

We live in a world of concentric circles. Inside the innermost circle is each of us. You. The next circle contains, "the others"; then the next circle contains, "the organisation" and the broadest circle contains "everyone - the culture".

In resilience training we start with the individual, and we work outwards.

Our aim is to spread the resilience message across the culture, so we all feel the benefits of living in a more resilient world.

Please take a look at our Resilience Training course if you would like to learn more about building resilience.

About the Author: Chris Farmer


Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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