Resilience is a dynamic process or outcome that is the result of interaction over time between a person and the environment … Individual characteristics such as self-efficacy, confidence and coping strategies are important in overcoming challenging situations or recurring setbacks … Difficulties are not simply managed, but individuals are able to bounce back quickly and efficiently, persevere and thrive … Successful adaptation occurs despite obstacles and personal wellbeing is maintained … Reciprocal, mutually supportive personal, professional and peer relationships are important in this process. (pp. 185–207)
- a process rather than an end-state
- about thriving, not just surviving
- involves supportive relationships, not just individual effort
- about adaptive, flexible responses and not a heroic feat.
This simple definition builds on the standard understanding of resilience in a very important way. That is, it reframes resilience as an everyday experience, as a capacity to be more ‘generative’ or creative, not only in times of crisis, but also when things are going well. This makes a lot of sense. If we train ourselves to respond to everyday situations, we are likely to handle larger problems in a more creative and effective manner.The timely capacity of individuals and groups – family, community, country, and enterprise – to be more generative during times of stability and to adapt, reorganise, and grow in response to disruption. (2017, para. 1)
Your taskLeitch uses a very specific phrase when defining resilience: namely, the capacity to become ‘more generative during times of stability’ (which, in turn, helps us to develop strategies to cope with a greater range of situations in more difficult times). In the comments, share what you think becoming ‘more generative’ might mean for you in terms of building your everyday resilience in preparation for times of future need.
Professional Resilience: Building Skills to Thrive at Work
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