Resiliency has always been a valuable skill. Lately it is revealing itself as a critical skill. In his seminal work on the topic of resiliency, Al Siebert, PhD describes resiliency as the ability to:
- Cope with high levels of ongoing disruptive change;
- Sustain good health and energy when under constant pressure;
- Bounce back easily from setbacks;
- Overcome adversities;
- Change to a new way of working and living when an old way is no longer possible; and
- Do all this without acting in dysfunctional or harmful ways.
Resiliency is a learnable skill. Sure, some people are naturally more resilient than others. Some people learn resiliency without ever formally studying it, but some people just accept a lack of resiliency as a permanent state of being.
Resiliency is actually not something you have. Resiliency is something you DO. Stay tuned for more in-depth discussions and training on the topic of resiliency.