Resilience – The new advantage
We believe organisation’s need a resilience vision to sustain, grow and be successful in the long run. How? By building strength to maintain their vitality, enhance resilience capabilities to respond effectively and to take advantage of disruption. In today’s world, it’s a strategic imperative.
However building this capacity to sustain, respond and create advantage from change or disruption is rare, this is resilience 101.
- The vision of every organisation needs resilience to succeed.
- Resilience shouldn’t be restricted to a few global corporations but accessible by all organisations; private, public and not for profit.
- Resilience isn’t just a buzzword; it is intentionally built with real and tangible capabilities.
- Every organisation is unique and so is what it needs to be resilient.
- Leaders need to make resilience a strategic issue and part of the DNA of the organisation.
- Resilience should be at the heart of every decision, be systematic, holistic and evidence-based.
- Building resilience is collaborative, ongoing and gives voice to diverse expertise both inside and outside the organisation.
- Resilience thinking can be taught and learned to create a mindset and a culture which is not only ready but thrives on disruption and change.
Leadership – the essential ingredient
Resilience isn’t new; many successful organisations are resilient, some by good fortune, others by deliberate effort. It is usually hard won by trial and error, the steady building of experience and learning from failure at both personal and organisational levels. Today’s environment for organisations and their leaders is, however, evolving at an ever-increasing pace, preventing this incremental approach to building resilience. The volatility and uncertainty created by the nature and extent of the growth of technology, societal change and global interconnectedness magnify the vulnerability to each disruption. Resiliency has many dimensions, socio-economic, technological, organisational as well as purely physical capabilities which need to work in concert. Creating success by balancing these capabilities for a specific context requires inspiring leadership willing to be counter-intuitive and at times challenge traditional business wisdom.
A vision of a new reality
Using a unique standardised methodology and research-based tools, any organisation, business, operating unit or department, can understand and explain resilience in their own context, quantify specific capabilities and create an action plan. A mix of free tools paid support packages, bespoke consultancy services and free educational resources means resilience building is within reach of any organisation whatever size, shape or vision.
Creating your resilience advantage
So building resilience is not just a game of chance, it can be understood, measured and improved. Are you taking the next steps to create your resilience advantage?
The author, Jason Valette is a Resilience Consultant at 360 Resilience Ltd. 360resilience.com