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Some Perspectives on Resilience. Community of Practice January 12 th 2012. Diane L. Coutu: How Resilience Works . She observed that all the theories on resilience overlapped in three ways: Facing down reality A d eep belief often buttressing strong values that life is meaningful

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Some perspectives on resilience

Some Perspectives on Resilience

Community of Practice

January 12th 2012


Diane l coutu how resilience works

Diane L. Coutu:How Resilience Works

She observed that all the theories on resilience overlapped in three ways:

  • Facing down reality

  • A deep belief often buttressing strong values that life is meaningful

  • An uncanny ability to improvise

    Building Personal and Organisational Resilience-Harvard Business Review


Resilience in ambiguity ready steady go

Resilience in AmbiguityReady Steady..... Go?

Tactics for resilient leadership

  • Think options - not solutions

  • Learn to value “not knowing”- it’s ok to say I don’t know. Help make sense of uncertainty rather than trying to make it clear

  • Embrace ambiguity - expect and be ready for the unexpected


Some perspectives on resilience

  • Reconnect with your personal anchor – keep caring the things that matter - find your personal way of maintaining perspective

  • Get frequent support from those you trust

  • Avoid feeling overwhelmed

  • Make conscious and deliberate choices

    Jeanne Hardacre and Jane Keep, CIHM Associates


Ronald a heifetz marty linsky

Ronald .A. Heifetz & Marty Linsky

  • Looking Outwards: offering tactical advice about relating to your organisation and the people in it – to protect you against those trying to push you aside before you complete your initiative

  • Looking Inwards: Focusing on your human needs and vulnerabilities. It is designed to keep you from bringing yourself down


Looking outwards the hostile environment

Looking Outwards: The Hostile Environment

  • Operate In and Above the Fray

  • Court the Uncommitted

  • Cook the Conflict

  • Place the Work Where It Belongs


Looking inwards the dangers within

Looking Inwards :The Dangers Within

  • Manage Your Hungers

  • Anchor Yourself


A final thought keith grint leadership and resilience research report

A Final Thought –Keith GrintLeadership and Resilience Research Report

  • There are good reasons to consider that mental toughness is a critical component of success.

  • Resilience might also generate a defence mechanism that facilitates the avoidance of responsibility and denial of choice when faced with difficult decisions.

  • It could facilitate an addiction to Command and an allergy to Leadership.

  • We need wisdom to know when to be resilient and when to recognise that resilience is the problem, not the solution .


Practice in pairs co consulting

Practice –In Pairs-Co-Consulting

  • Consider a current leadership challenge and consider what you need to do differently/more of in light of the perspectives on resilience you have heard?

  • 20/30 minutes each


Going forward

Going Forward

  • What have we learnt?

  • What am I thinking/feeling that is different ?

  • What do I/we need to do more/less of in respect of resilience?

  • What commitment am I prepared to make?


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