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  1. 3. Agenda <ul><li>Concept of Resilience </li></ul><ul><li>Resilience in Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Resilience </li></ul><ul><li>Handout </li></ul>
  2. 5. CEO of Booz Allen Hamilton <ul><li>“ Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out…” </li></ul>
  3. 7. Resilience <ul><li>Ability to bounce back </li></ul><ul><li>Adapt and re-make </li></ul><ul><li>Reserve capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Undergo change and still retain its basic function </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to bounce forward in the face of an uncertain future </li></ul><ul><li>Latin &quot;resilire&quot;, meaning, &quot;to leap back'‘ </li></ul><ul><li>Face, overcome, and even be strengthened by experiences of adversity </li></ul><ul><li>The capacity of an individual, community or system to adapt in order to sustain an acceptable level of function, structure, and identity. </li></ul>
  4. 9. Context <ul><li>We’re living in reality </li></ul><ul><li>We’re living in times of extraordinary change </li></ul><ul><li>Things don’t always go as planned </li></ul><ul><li>We all have our own perspective </li></ul><ul><li>We must reflect, adapt, evolve, thrive – enjoy and ‘make the best of it’ </li></ul>
  5. 10. Resilience In Leadership? <ul><li>Getting individuals to do what’s best for the group because each person wants to </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t always work the first time </li></ul><ul><li>Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results </li></ul><ul><li>Change management (specifically resistance) </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional intelligence </li></ul><ul><li>Dedication/commitment/vision to try again </li></ul><ul><li>Not eliminate risks, but how we deal with them </li></ul><ul><li>Deal with ambiguity, uncertainty </li></ul>
  6. 11. Game
  7. 12. Mindful Process <ul><li>You observe how you tend to react </li></ul><ul><li>You decide that this is not how you want to behave </li></ul><ul><li>You make the effort to change what you do in order to get to the desired result </li></ul>
  8. 13. Traits of Those Who Survive Trouble Insight Independence Relationships Initiative Creativity Humor Morality
  9. 14. Features of a Resilient Organization <ul><li>Promote diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Modularize </li></ul><ul><li>Redundancy </li></ul><ul><li>Check assumptions </li></ul><ul><li>Embrace natural ecological cycles (sensitive to their environment) </li></ul><ul><li>Tight feedbacks to detect thresholds (transparency) </li></ul><ul><li>Promote trust, develop social networks, leadership in concert for adaptability (strong sense of identity) </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on learning, experimentation, local rules and embracing change (tolerant) </li></ul><ul><li>Foresight – think through consequences and un-intended consequences – unpredictable is different from unforeseeable </li></ul><ul><li>Scenario planning </li></ul>
  10. 15. Let’s Discuss <ul><li>What is your adversity right now? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your concerns? </li></ul><ul><li>How did you react in the past? </li></ul><ul><li>How have you bounced back in the past? </li></ul><ul><li>Nature or nurture? </li></ul>
  11. 16. Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Resilience <ul><li>10. Take decisive actions. </li></ul><ul><li>9. Set personal goals.  Establish prioritization processes. Keep routines during difficult times. </li></ul><ul><li>8. Maintain sustainable hope and optimism. </li></ul><ul><li>7. Use humor as a coping skill. </li></ul><ul><li>6. Accept and embrace change. Be mindful of it. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Provide assistance to others. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Find your resilient people. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Maintain your health (body, heart, mind and spirit). </li></ul><ul><li>2. Maintain perspective and see failure as a lesson. Avoid seeing difficult times as insurmountable. Difficult times pass as do successful times. </li></ul><ul><li>1. Accept yourself and others, maintain a positive self-talk. Re-write your negative scripts </li></ul>
  12. 17. <ul><li>sisyphus </li></ul>
  13. 18. No Drama Obama
  14. 19. Sustainable Perspective <ul><li>To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best on others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. Ralph Waldo Emerson </li></ul>