Resilience. What is it?
Resilience is another one of those things that I sometimes work on with my clients. As a generation, as a culture, we rarely talk about it. It is like a dirty word, and I am not sure that I understand why. Especially it is not something discussed in a business context.
Granted, it is hard to define. I am not sure that in my uncovering of the word, of the concept, I am there yet. You know that I like to think about these things… to strip off layers of meaning and get to the essence.
It has to do with your ability to cope. With the good things that happen to you, and with bad things that happen to you or around you. The ability to put things into perspective. The ability to remove attachment from the emotions of the thing, the event, the happening, and to deal with it with grace.
The more that I have looked at resilience and the experiences with the people that I work with, I find that a strong sense of Self is important. Of knowing who you are and what you are here for. Of your role in life. Then the strength comes from within, and is not dependent on what happens around you. The winds of life become just that – something to be lived through and dealt with. Without letting go of who you are. And retaining your spirit.
What has this to do with business? The more resilient you are, the more resilient your team is, the greater your ability to ride the storms of business. The down times, the internal conflicts. The better your ability to focus on your goals and required outcomes. The very best ability to steer the course of the organisation and your own course during rough times.
Start the Journey
One way to start the journey to Self is to answer the question – Who are you? And then ask it again – No, but who are you? And you keep asking. Until you peel off the outer layers of You and discover the inner layers of You. Build your strength there.
Profiling, assessments and 360 degree feedback are other mechanisms that will help you to discover your strengths and your potential. The more knowledge that you have about yourself, the greater your Self awareness, your Self Wisdom. THAT builds resilience.
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