Teaching Corporate Resilience To Tomorrow’s Leaders

Why Now is the Time to Think Global

Perhaps characteristically for the global media, as COVID-19 cases soar in the US and Europe, little attention is being paid to Africa, South East Asia, Central America and other disadvantaged parts of the world. However, the grim reality is that this disease, carried by the wealthiest as they jetted across the globe, will undoubtedly be felt most strongly by the world’s poorest: those who have never seen the inside of an aeroplane.

As we turn our attention to our closest neighbours and seek to support those within our own communities, let us not forget our responsibility to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the human race. Even as we are forced to live locally, it is critical that we think globally…


Australia needs to train for disasters like this one

In a nation as prone to disasters as Australia, it’s surprising that no day is set aside to remind people to check their own disaster preparedness. Nor is there a regularly scheduled exercise to test our disaster-response systems on a national level.

The prime minister, premiers, chief ministers and their cabinets may never have an opportunity to test their own disaster plans—until they’re confronted by a real crisis.

Few elected representatives have managed a complex disaster before coming to office. Consequently, the first time they’re faced with such a situation is when they’re responsible for leading the response to a real event. Some rise to the challenge, others struggle.

Every year, the Republic of Korea conducts its national mobilisation drill, the Ulchi exercises, to test its crisis-management systems and preparedness for conflict.

Ulchi is South Korea’s largest annual training event, involving around 480,000 personnel from government offices and other public institutions, and civilians. Until 2018, Ulchi was conducted alongside the major US–ROK summer military exercise, Ulchi Freedom Freedom, which added thousands of military personnel to the mix…


Teaching Corporate Resilience To Tomorrow’s Leaders

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“If you want aspiring leaders to be resilient, ensure the organization has strong role models” – Bill Hall Photo: Getty

The workplace is supposed to be a gratifying environment where people learn to push their boundaries, overcome challenges and chart purposeful paths in life. Even though work has the potential to enhance personal growth and development, it often falls short of these aspirations. This is because the modern workplace is characterized by a continuous change in technology, strict deadlines, staff cutbacks and perverse organizational change.

Many business leaders in modern organizations are more concerned about whether the prospective leaders they are breeding have the resilience and agility to succeed in the perpetually changing business world. As such, succeeding in today’s workplaces is not all about intelligence or working extra hard. It has more to do with how well individuals adapt and thrive under enormous pressure. In the past, managers would predict threats and plan responses by devising actionable risk management strategies. However, today’s enterprises have to deal with volatile, complex, often ambiguous and uncertain environments….


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