There's been much written about resilience... it's becoming a buzz-word relegated to the depths of learning and development programmes. Yet it is so much more than that.
Resilience can be measured, improved and replenished. It is a critical executive behavioural requirement. In the current world of constant change, surely it's the differentiator between success and failure too.
But lessons of resilience are not just about life's big, painful challenges, but also about the everyday setbacks that throw us off completely disproportionately to their significance. People have meltdowns because their flight is delayed, or someone cut them off on the freeway. Every day we have a thousand opportunities to stress out and lose it. But if we’ve taken care to replenish our resilience reserves–to sleep, to breathe, to put things in perspective–we don't. And that’s good, because there are going to come times of real crisis–divorce, illness, losing a job, or, as Sheryl writes about, losing a spouse. And that’s when we really need our resilience. “Tragedy does not have to be personal, pervasive, or permanent, but resilience can be,” write Sheryl and Adam. “We can build it and carry it with us throughout our lives.”