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What's Changing? - Resilience



Please see below selected recent resilience-related change.


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October 2023


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December 2022


November 2022

  • Resilience is our ability to experience a wide range of emotions and still feel like ourselves. Resilience helps us bounce back from the stress, failure, mistakes, and adversity in our lives. Resilience allows for the emergence of happiness. Developing resilience doesn’t mean we become immune to stress or struggle - these are unavoidable facts of life - but our resilience determines how we relate to those difficult moments as well as how we experience them. People who are resilient are better able to cope when stressful moments arise.
  • The war in Ukraine, rising inflation, and severe weather events, all happening on top of the ongoing pandemic and associated challenges, such as the semiconductor shortage, made it plain that disruption is no longer a one-off event. Extreme volatility is the new reality worldwide. However, most companies are not prepared. A BCG and APQC survey found that only 10% had developed the full range of resilience capabilities needed to thrive, i.e. be able to adequately anticipate and recover from a crisis in the short term and be resilient over the middle/long terms.


June 2022


November 2021

  • Global organisations with partial funding and in-kind contributions from the insurance sector and partner institutions launched a Global Resilience Index Initiative (GRII) at COP26. GRII will provide a globally consistent model for the assessment of resilience across all sectors and geographies. The GRII will be using cross-sector risk modelling experience, including public-private partnerships between governments, academia, insurance and engineering.
  • Resilience doesn’t come naturally to many, but it can be taught. In an article for the Harvard Business Review, the father of positive psychology Martin E.P. Seligman described his resilience training program based on 30 years of research. The program, piloted on more than a million U.S. Army soldiers in 2011, sought to “reduce the number of those who struggle [after a traumatic event] and increase the number of those who grow.” Seligman’s military program became the foundation for many other resilience training programs in the workplace and beyond and is based on five key components.


October 2021


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July 2021

  • The unpredictable supply and demand shocks brought on by the pandemic  led to numerous supply chain shortages. As the world worked to recover from the ravages of COVID-19, companies had to take a twofold approach. On the one hand, they must become better able to absorb the shocks of disruption by making structural changes to the way they handle inventory, contracts, sourcing, and more. On the other hand, they must strengthen their ability to recover from supply chain shortages by adding digital capabilities and new processes that allow for the identification and mitigation of risks, as well as increased scenario planning. Resilience depends on the ability to anticipate and adapt; companies that build these muscles today will withstand the shocks of tomorrow and recover well ahead of the competition, argued BCG.


June 2021


March 2021

  • The application of genetics to medicine in a systematic and transformative way - not just in understanding the pathology of diseases but in tracking their spread and curing and preventing them - could underpin what's becoming known as “natural security”: the task of making societies resilient in the face of risks stemming from their connection to the living world, whether because of disease, food insecurity, biological warfare or environmental degradation. The pandemic showed that biomedical science has the tools and the enthusiasm to improve the world, argued The Economist. 


November 2020


October 2020


August 2020

  • Customer priorities changed rapidly during the coronavirus pandemic, and the massive shift to remote working posed a major risk to companies’ infrastructure. In this bleak context - and in general - resilience is a key driver of value. Some companies outperform their peers during downturns while many others lose ground or don’t survive. In the past four downturns since 1985, about one in seven companies increased both its sales growth rate and its profit margins, according to a 2019 BCG study
  • Japanese scientists revived microbes more than 100 million years old. They (the microbes) never had what we might consider a varied life, eking it out in layers of sediment deep beneath the floor of the Pacific ocean; and they are hardly sentient now, but they are proof of the extraordinary durability of life on Earth, reported Tortoise Media.


July 2020

  • Quartz warned that there’s a dark side to resilience. Bad things happen to everyone, and it’s empowering to focus on how we recover. But an essay for Teen Vogue showed how too much focus on bouncing back can keep us from asking how to prevent more suffering in the first place - and holding institutions accountable. 
  • What defines a company’s culture as resilient, asked Raconteur, before suggesting that such a company tends to have strong, transparent and visible leadership, engaged and empowered employees, and strong brand trust, both internally and externally. Resilient cultures have a powerful, ethical core so employees don’t have to second-guess the right thing to do. Many also favour an agile working model, fostering a climate of collaboration that enables rapid communication and supportive, effective colleague networks.


June 2020

  • Gallup believes that a make-or-break trait for organisations during tough times is resilience.This is especially true during the coronavirus pandemic. People's compounding concerns about their health, financial future and disrupted lives make this the toughest time many have ever experienced. Gallup analytics are finding unprecedented spikes in daily worry and stress, while overall percentages of people "thriving" have dropped to Great Recession-era lows. It takes an exceptional level of resilience for organisations and employees to thrive in such an uncertain and radically disrupted climate.


May 2020

  • Even when lockdown restrictions begin to ease, businesses will need to figure out how to operate in new ways. In short, resiliency—the ability to absorb a shock, and to come out of it better than the competition—will be the key to survival and long-term prosperity.Again, the past can be a prelude. McKinsey research on the 2008 financial crisis found that a small group of companies in each sector outperformed their peers. They did get hurt, with revenues falling about the industry average, but they recovered much faster. By 2009, the earnings of the resilient companies had risen 10 percent, while that of the nonresilients had gone down almost 15 percent. What characterised the resilient companies was preparation before the crisis - they typically had stronger balance sheets - and effective action during it, specifically, their ability to cut operating costs.


December 2019


November 2019

  • Natural Born Heroes explored multiple disciplines to uncover the secrets behind human endurance. The book is an investigation into endurance that connects World War II history, ancient Greek history, nutrition, genetics, strength and conditioning science, and even parkour.
  • Resilience will become a significant challenge as we face greater threats from cybersecurity and climate change over the coming years. One example: the banana has turned into a monoculture, with the single variety Cavendish banana favoured by the increasingly homogenised global consumer, now existentially threatened by Panama disease.


September 2019


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May 2019

  • The School of Life believes that many people grow up with a strong attachment to a plan A, that is, an idea of how our lives will go and what we need to do to achieve our particular set of well-defined goals. But then, for some of us and at one level all of us, life turns out to have made a few other plans. It is for such moments that we should, even when things appear calm and hopeful, consider one of life’s most vital skills: that of developing a plan B. We should realise that Plan As simply do not work out all the time. No one gets through life with all their careful plan As intact. Something unexpected, shocking and abhorrent regularly comes along, not only to us, but to all human beings. The second point is to realise that we are, despite moments of confusion, eminently capable of developing very decent plan Bs. The path ahead may be blocked, but we have notable scope to find other routes through. One door may close, but there truly are many other entrances to try.
  • Raconteur believes that building resilience can involve big strategic decisions for companies. If, for example, natural disasters remain a strong possibility in part of the world where key suppliers exist, companies may be wise to consider moving a proportion of their business to suppliers elsewhere. Technology has given businesses tremendous opportunities to reduce risk. Advances in satellite imagery have supplied companies with more detailed weather forecasts and the chance to assess likely impacts on particular geographical locations. Data analytics and modelling software let supply chain managers see how a potential problem in one area affects every other aspect of the business.
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January 2019


October 2018

  • A clinical psychologist examined practical ways to overcome whatever life throws your way, having spent close to two decades studying adult development and listening to the stories of people in her clinical practice. Along the way, she’s learned important lessons about resilience, which she shared in her new book,Supernormal. One key takeaway? “Resilience is not a trait. It’s not something you’re born with. It’s not something you just have.” 


August 2018


July 2018