ERIC Number: ED464378
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Building Resiliency: How To Thrive in Times of Change. An Ideas into Action Guidebook.
Pulley, Mary Lynn; Wakefield, Michael
This is a practicing managers' guide for gaining the ability to thrive during change, for leaders of any kind of organization. Resiliency is defined, its components described, and its importance explained. Concrete examples of resiliency and questions that can determine degree of resiliency are provided. Resiliency is not described as being unflappable, tough, or unaffected. Resiliency is associated more with elasticity, buoyancy, adaptability, optimism, and openness to learning. It facilitates recovery from hardship or misfortune. Fatigue, malaise, burnout, depression, defensiveness, and cynicism can signal a lack of resiliency. The determination to learn from mistakes and successes is a part of resiliency that is accomplished through broadening perspectives, being open to change, and being willing to learn. Resiliency not only gives tools to handle hardship and disappointment, but also allows the development of new skills and perspectives that lead to continued success. Resilience is important because change is so pervasive. Today's organizations frequently change mission, global focus, and strategy, affecting leadership skills, managerial performance, and careers. Resiliency can be developed by changing thoughts and actions in nine areas: acceptance of change, continuous learning, self-empowerment, sense of purpose, personal identity, personal and professional networks, reflection, skill shifting, and relationship to money. Background information, key point summary, resiliency worksheet, and a brief list of suggested readings are included. (RKJ)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Behavior Change, Career Change, Coping, Elementary Secondary Education, Personality Change, Personality Traits, Resilience (Personality), Resistance to Change, Stress Management, Well Being
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC.