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The Adaptive and Resilient Person

Resilience comes from being in control of oneself which enables a strong and robust attitude to be formed towards challenging events and poor behaviour of others. The more robust the attitude, the less impact adverse events has on individuals. Consequently there is less risk of stress; less risk of concentration being diverted; greater opportunity to achieve peak performance.

A strong and robust attitude doesn’t simply come from the individual. It, also, comes from the organisation. If the organisation is felt to have the interests of employees at its core, this influences the attitude of the employee. If employees feel that the organisation has little interest in its workforce, individuals will dis-engage, and, no matter how resilient the individual is, they will eventually succumb to adverse events and poor behaviour, by either suffering stress, or hibernating and not being engaged with the organisation beyond reluctantly completing tasks.

Resilience is about individuals keeping control of themselves when responding to adverse events and poor behaviour.

The Adaptive Person is also a Resilient Person. Resilience is about maintaining personal control so that attitudes may be formed which enable the person cope with events and people without any diminution in their performance.

Resilience is a choice. The choice to be resilient is determined largely by the context in which the challenging event or poor behaviour occurs, and an evaluation by the individual about whether one attitude or another maintains their personal psychological wellbeing.

Resilience can be strengthened by experiences and by specific training. The Resilience Development Framework above sets out eight elements that form a Personal Resilience Programme.

The Resilience Development Framework

The Eight Elements to the Resilience Framework

The Eight Elements to the Resilience Framework

Self awareness People who understand themselves well will be able to understand other people.

Determination People who are determined to achieve anything will always find ways of doing so.

Vision People with an idea of what they want from life are generally more resilient than those who don’t know what they want.

Self confidence Self confidence comes from being able to control anxiety. People who can effectively control their anxiety, and test themselves by doing things or going places outside their norm, are more resilient than others.

Organisation People who can organise themselves in situations of chaos or potential chaos are more resilient than those who can’t.

Problem solving People who have an interest in problem solving are more resilient than those who don’t.

Interaction People who can interact with others in ways that can persuade them to do things they may not wish to do, without causing any stress, have an attitude towards other people that is more resilient against poor behaviour than others.

Relationships People who have relationships that are important for their personal success and happiness are more resilient than those who don’t.