Blue Flower

After reading the article in HR Magazine on the pros and cons of Resilience programmes, I thought it might be useful to unpack some of the elements of resilience in the context of our working life. Although there are numerous interpretations of what actually amounts to resilience, for the purposes of this piece I intend to view it as our ability to cope with adversity, and our ability to bounce back. Bouncebackability is an interesting concept, coined by that famous academic Ian Dowie, in his description of Crystal Palace’s faltering football season!

Ian Dowie

To break down resilience into bite size chunks, we can look at it in two dimensions initially, those that are dependent on our personality; and skills that can be taught and learned. Dealing with the first, it appears that personality plays a huge part, simply put, some people are naturally more resilient than others. Resilience can also change over time, through life events (eg having children, changing jobs). Some people are resilient in some aspects, and not in others. It is complicated stuff! I would suggest that in some respect, the world of policing doesn’t get off to the greatest of starts in this regard, generally recruiting to traits that include a questioning persona, a propensity to overthink, deeply suspicous; and a smattering of pessimism thrown in for good measure! Hardly forms the basis of the perfect well-being character trait set!

Good news on the way, it seems we can learn to improve our resilience. Much of what goes on in terms of resilience happens from the neck upwards, how we think, process info, rationalize, interpret what others say and do; and react. Probably the most important facet is how we put matters of the head to bed ie stop thinking about things. Niggles are the killer here! And I propose that is why we see so many links with leadership? How we deal with these 'thinking errors' is quite high on the priority list for all resilience inputs, but it’s not easy, and very subjective. Knowing yourself may hold the key here, and there are numerous online resources you can use, some are free of charge.  Resilience reports such as this can help you explore your own personality, highlighting what works (and doesn’t) for you. Once you can put these into some sort of personal order you can then start to build a strategy for yourself to deal with situations you know are going to cause you problems; and as such improve your personal resilience.

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