Thursday, August 30, 2012

Resilience Dilemmas

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 by International Coach Federation

Below is part of an occasional blog series highlighting the Catalysts and sessions of ICF Global 2012.

Jenny Campbell, PCC
Whilst I am kicking off the lifetimeswork research into Team Resilience (and it impact on Organisational Resilience), I am struck by how little there is of academic research in the field. There is of much  on ‘operational resilience’ such as robustness in IT, Finance, Health & Safety, and in critical processes. But little on what is classed as ‘strategic resilience’, the capability of an organisation to be adaptable, proactively turn threats & opportunities into positives, avoiding crisis in fact.

In such critical times, where there is not the expected but the unexpected, where there is little clarity and only ambiguity, it is not possible for organisations to create robustness in their strategy and direction. In fact the opposite seems to be happening, there is so much change that people are really battle weary and many seem to have lost perspective. A dangerous state for organisational resilience.

Anne Archer
I cannot be more passionate about the lifetimeswork research that I invite you to learn and lean into. Together I think coaches could make a massive difference in our world, helping build a ‘resilience forward’ capability in organisations. I have a lot of the specifics in my earlier research around leaders’ personal resilience.(1) But we do not yet have clear specifics on organisational strategic resilience. We do have indications that the top team is the most critical factor, hence our Team Resilience research consortium.

So I’m wondering who else is wondering about this. Jump into the stream! How we might bring out insights and thoughts together before we meet at ICF Global 2012? I’d love to start a discussion with you.

(1) Lifetimeswork 2009 ‘Personal Resilience and its links to Organisational Resilience.’

Jenny Campbell, PCC, is a Catalyst at ICF Global 2012, October 3-6 in London, UK, where she and Anne Archer will be presenting “Engage with Resilience for our Collective Interconnected Future." Register today!

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