Developing resilience in 2020

Developing resilience in 2020

The year 2020 started with a bang. From the wildfires that have been ravaging Australia, to the floods in the Indonesia capital, and to the political strife between the United States of America and Iran, the world has been in a constant state of flux. Here at home, we were treated to a spectacular volcanic plume that is causing dread and despair in Batangas, Laguna, and Cavite. This eruption reminds us of how nature’s wrath and fury should teach us to become more resilient.

In her Harvard Business Review article on how resilience works, Diane Coutu states that “more than education, more than experience, more than training, a person’s lever of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails. That’s true in the cancer ward, it’s true in the Olympics, and it’s true in the boardroom.” We need resilience in our volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world. According to Coutu, resilient people possess the following: “a staunch acceptance of reality; a deep belief, often buttressed by strongly held values, that life is meaningful; and an uncanny ability to improvise.” Thus, we must develop resilience so that we can face the challenges within and outside our offices and homes in this new decade…


Building resilience will be the most important thing you ever do in business

“One thing I recommend for building resilience is to be comfortable within yourself.” – Yemi Penn Image: W Squared Coaching founder Yemi Penn. Source: supplied.

There’s a lot of discussion about how building resilience is being introduced within education, as there’s concern that future generations have been over-protected by well-meaning parents and families. But there’s often an assumption that adults naturally possess this thing called resilience.

I’d say while some of us may have been through more hardship than others, we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t struggle to cope with yet another knockback to our business pitch, an employee who hasn’t worked out, or when that competitor comes in with a lesser product but at a cheaper price and starts stealing customers.

So how do we prepare for these setbacks? How can we build this holy grail of resilience so we don’t fall into a heap or throw our arms…


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