Dry Times In Your Resilience Reservoir?

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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’.

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Hopkins cites seven principles of resilience:

  1. Diversity (don’t put all your eggs in one basket)
  2. Modularity (one missed domino shouldn’t mess up the whole process)
  3. Social capital
  4. Innovation
  5. Overlap (messy is better than streamlined)
  6. Tight feedback loops (so you know ASAP when there’s a problem)
  7. 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?

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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


I’m trialling a self-directed course I’ve developed on personal effectiveness. One of the ten lessons within it is on influence, a critical element of which is the above idea of ‘nudging’. You get all five of my books (in eBook format) when you sign up. If that sounds of interest, you can learn more at www.lifesuccesslearning.com .

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About Terry Williams - The Brain-Based Boss

I'm all about engaging people and helping you engage yours to influence behaviour to improve results - at work and at home. Maybe you're a manager, a salesperson, a leader, a parent, a presenter or an event organiser? You need to grab your people's attention, create some rapport, be memorable and influence behaviour change. How can we do that? I'm originally a trainer by trade, turned manager, turned comedian and partway back again. Author of 'THE GUIDE: How to kiss, get a job & other stuff you need to know', I write and speak about how to engage people, be they employees, family or yourself. How can we connect with people’s own internal motivations and help them use their own inner passions to drive towards productivity, success and happiness? And hopefully have a few laughs along the way... As a trainer facilitating learning and development in others, I find myself drawing on my own extensive business experience. I specialise in the delivery of high impact, customised training solutions for organisations that are serious about improving the performance and lives of their people.

Posted on June 1, 2020, in Employee Engagement. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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