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Surprises Are the New Normal; Resilience Is the New Skill

The difference between winners and losers is how they handle losing. That’s a key finding from my ongoing research on great companies and effective leaders: no one can completely avoid troubles and potential pitfalls are everywhere, so the real skill is the resilience to climb out of the hole and bounce back…

Relation with nature is complex. Artist Simon Black creates art in snow.
Relation with nature is complex. Artist Simon Black creates art in snow.

 

For Land and Life: 25 stories of Indigenous resilience that you might’ve missed in 2013

With the sheer number of abuses and attacks that Indigenous Peoples face around the world, we don’t often come by stories of hope and resilience–stories that speak of long-fought struggles coming to a just end, peaceful exchanges between Nations who live in different parts of the world, and assertions of Traditional authority that governments and corporations simply accept without challenge or condition. Here’s a few of those stories that you might have missed over the past 12 months…

 

Building resilience into business will benefit people and the bottom line

High levels of emotional and physical resilience – defined as a set of conditions that allow individual adaptation to different forms of adversity, and often characterised as inner strength, fortitude or hardiness – empower employees to cope better with life events. A resilient person is able to cope with challenging situations, at work and outside work, to spring back and often succeed against what might seem to be insurmountable odds…

 

‘Business as Usual, Without Our Roof’: Rebuilding After Haiyan

Local businesses, those grocers, street peddlers and hardware-store owners that collectively supplied a community before the storm, have no less of an incentive to sell after the winds die down. The speed with which they spring back to work, even under the most adverse conditions, often takes relief workers by surprise, as if signs of life had popped up on the moon or inside an active volcano. Increasingly, the aid community is finding ways to harness the power of local markets to feed, clothe and house a desperate community…

 

Social media in disasters: Telling their own stories after the tornadoes

Social media gave people an added safety tool when stricken by tornadoes in Illinois towns last month and allowed them to document what it was like to live through a natural disaster and even kept them safe…

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