On Resilience: Execute Decisions to Respond to Change and Disruption

We have defined resilience as the process by which an organization, team or individual maintains organizational or mental health while achieving positive growth through change, disruption and adversity.

The first step in the Resilience 6E process of resilience is to expect that change, disruption and adversity will come. The second step is to equip yourself, your team or your organization or the change, disruption or adversity.

You equip yourself, your team or organization through risk management and creation of plans and processes to help maintain mental and organizational health through change and disruption.

The third step is to execute on the plans and processes once change, disruption and adversity happens.

The execution phase of resilience is critical in the Resilience 6E Process. It is in this phase where personal and organizational leadership fully realized. The leader who can maintain their foundation and remain level-headed models a sense of calm and steadiness for the organization.

The key is to simply execute on the plans and processes already in place. To focus on the execution rather than the change or disruption.

I think back to my time in the military. While I never had the opportunity to see combat, I was part of several units that trained for potential combat. At one point, in South Korea, I was able to take part in a “theater training exercise” where every branch of the military stationed in South Korea took part in simulation of war exercises. Even before this training exercise, smaller units spent months training for the larger training exercise. The purpose? To be prepared with plans and processes in the event a war did break out.

Again, while I have never experienced the battlefield first hand, I have heard several men and women refer to the “fog of war.” The fog of war is the when the bombs begin to drop and the bullets begin to fly (change, disruption and adversity) it is challenging to maintain one’s sense of center. There is chaos. Enormous challenges are presented. Yet, I have heard time and again from soldiers about the value of their training once the actual battle began. While planning and processes rarely go exactly as planned, execution is made easier when the focus remains on the plans and processes that took place in step 2 (Equip).

In order to be a resilient person, team or individual, your manner of execution will determine your success “in the battle” and for the long haul.

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