The Japanese reaction to the Tsunami and earthquake is a great example of resilience in action. Resilience seems to be the theme our experts are writing about when facing the courage to change or shift to move forward in our careers, lives and relationships.
Resilience in the Face of Adversity by Karlin Sloan
"...significant, lasting change begins inside individuals and emanates outward, not the other way around. Systems change when groups of people together tap their resilience and change from the insideout." - Kathy Marshall, National Resilience Resource Center, University of Minnesota
The after effects of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated so much of Japan offer lessons in resilience that are worth studying.
What new technologies will be born out of necessity? What new relationships will flourish in the aftermath and reconstruction? What leaders will rise and fall based on their ability to adapt and to accept the circumstances of the day, while focusing on solutions for tomorrow? These are the kinds of questions we will look back and reflect upon as the people of Japan demonstrate for us lessons in resilience.
The First Step
The first step to being resilient comes when we . . . Accept What Is.
What is, is. What isn't, isn’t.
Resilience starts by accepting the reality of a given situation. Through acceptance we are freed to move beyond adversity and focus on building a future. Read more to get your own lesson here >>
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The Power of Being Courageous by Sandra Ford Walston
True courage comes from a place deep within each of us, not from synapses firing based on intellectual prowess, education, titles or credentials. Courage is much more than brains or mental capabilities, it is a discipline. Demonstrating courageous leadership at work and living a courageous life comes from an energy springing from an individual’s deepest values, motivation, and attitudes: the authentic self.
What would motivate you to explore where this ancient virtue fits into your workplace today? Why would you want to exhibit the efficiency that goes along with courage? The answer: there is an indisputable direct correlation between your “courage quotient” and your “success quotient.” Read more here>>
Does Your Self Image Match What Others See? by Marshall Goldsmith
Can you see in yourself what others see in you, or do you see in others what you don't see in yourself?
As a Ph.D. student at UCLA in the 70s, I had a self-image of being 'hip.' I believed I was involved in discovering deeper human understanding, self-actualization, and profound wisdom. My teacher was Dr. Bob Tannenbaum. Bob had invented 'sensitivity training', published a popular article in the Harvard Business Review, and was a full professor.
In Bob's class, we could discuss anything we wanted. I started talking about people in Los Angeles. For three weeks, I did a monologue about how 'screwed up' people in Los Angeles were. 'They wear sequined blue jeans; they drive gold Rolls Royces; they are plastic and materialistic; all they care about is impressing others; they don't understand what is important in life.' (It was easy for me to be an expert on LA, since I grew up in small town Kentucky.) After listening to me babble for three weeks, Bob looked at me quizzically and asked, 'Who are you talking to?' Read more for Marshall's "aha" moment>>
So, your reality shows you aren't where you want to be. You want to make more money, to have a better job, better relationships, just be a better person. What do you do? Psychologist Sharon Melnick, who is an expert on helping people fight procrastination, offers this advice >>
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