Dry Times In Your Resilience Reservoir?
Rob Hopkins in his book ‘The Power of Just Doing Stuff’ wrote that resilience is the capacity of a system to absorb disturbance and reorganize while undergoing change so as to essentially retain the same function, structure, and feedbacks. I’ve metaphorically called our resilience our ‘Change Muscles’.
Hopkins cites seven principles of resilience:
- Diversity (don’t put all your eggs in one basket)
- Modularity (one missed domino shouldn’t mess up the whole process)
- Social capital
- Overlap (messy is better than streamlined)
- Tight feedback loops (so you know ASAP when there’s a problem)
- Ecosystem services (don’t kill the goose that lays the golden eggs)
Ultimately, resilience is fueled by a belief that we have options – possibilities not probabilities. The best way to believe something is to generate or seek evidence supporting that belief. What evidence do you have right now – before you need it, before that ‘Behavioural Physics’ asteroid of change comes into sight – of the options at your disposal?
Have your options displayed, shared, and keep them fresh and updated. I use a small whiteboard with sketched flowcharts. Nothing NASA would be jealous of but a constant reminder that you’re not painted into a corner or backing towards a cliff. Choice is control, and control is power, enabling you. And, powerful or empowered people have little problem with change. (They might have a problem with being changed though)…
* An excerpt from my book ‘2 Dangerous Things A Year’, available at www.terrywilliamsbooks.com
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