Resilience at work is now starting to be recognised as a defining characteristic of people who deal well with the stresses and strains of the modern workplace. At the same time there has never been a time when that grit is more needed that today.
Resilience is a person’s capacity to respond well to the pressures and the demands of daily life. Importantly, that does not mean rigidly pushing though adversity without feeling the pain. That is actually counter to resilience. Resilience is mindfully flexing in response to the demands, rather than rigidly attempting to be untouched. The oak tree breaks in the storm while the bamboo tree bends and recovers.
“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
― Nelson Mandela
At work, resilient people are better able to deal with the demands placed upon them, especially where those demands might require them to be dealing with constantly changing priorities and a heavy workload.
Resilience is not a characteristic gifted to some individuals and not others. The key here is that resilience is not a passive quality, but an active process. How we approach life, and everything it can throw at us, has a massive impact on our experience. Think of it as cultivating a particular attitude toward our relationship to our work and our workplace. Just like any human relationship needs to be cultivated to stay strong similarly, our relationship to our work needs mindful cultivation.
Dr. Don will bring a though-provoking, humorous and practical presentation to unpack these ideas.
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