What does resilience mean to you?
Julie Aldridge considers what is meant by ‘resilience’ and how it might apply to you, your role and your organisation. This article was first published in JAM (issue 61 / February 2016).
2. Flexible, agile and open to change
Dictionary definitions of ‘resilience’ talk about being able to ‘recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching or being compressed’, or being ‘able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions’.
The world around us is changing constantly. Being able to flex and adapt to external change without losing sight of your vision and core purpose, is an essential part of becoming a resilient organisation. However, flexibility can be required in positive as well as challenging situations, for example a major opportunity such as an event being far more popular than anticipated, can require just as much flexibility.
A resilient organisational culture therefore includes being open to change, positively seeking new opportunities, not waiting until what you’re doing is no longer relevant to the public, or no longer viable financially, but initiating as well as responding to change.
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