Pathway of the Quarter: Change Agility

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Week 3 Section 2 Lesson 1: Being Resilient

  • 1.  Week 3 Section 2 Lesson 1: Being Resilient

    Posted May 20, 2019 01:19 PM

    Good afternoon everyone!

    This week we will be completing Section 2, Lesson 1: Being Resilient in the Pathway of the Quarter: Change Agility. This lesson should take about 30 minutes to complete. If you haven't done so already, please take a few moments out of your busy schedule to learn with me! We'll be back Wednesday to post discussions on the content in this week's lesson.

    Here is to another great week of learning 😊

     P.S don't forget to mark the content complete in the CUES Learning Portal for credit!

    Laura Gibbs
    Online Community Engagement Administrator

  • 2.  RE: Week 3 Section 2 Lesson 1: Being Resilient

    Posted May 22, 2019 10:54 AM
    Resilience is defined as an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.

    When I was reading this week's content, I couldn't help but think of my mom. She's been through more misfortune in her life than anyone ever should, BUT she's resilient and with each punch thrown her way, she's pivoted and adjusted herself to the change(s). I could tell you a lot about her and her story, but to save you time and to keep a long story short - she's dealt with the loss of 2 husbands in less that 15 years to the same disease (what are the chances?!). When I think if resiliency I think of her.

    How do you apply resiliency to your professional life? Do you just roll with the punches? Do you have a strategy that works for you?

    "How Resilience Works" by Diane Coutu quotes "Resilience is something you realize you have after the fact" this resonated with me. How do you know you're resilient when you're amid change? Simply put, you don't; you don't really know until after and you reflect on what happened. Things change in business daily, yesterday it was 123 and today it might be abc and next week maybe it'll change to xyz456 – you must learn to adapt or be left behind.

    I find that being open to change and keeping an optimistic perspective on the change has been important on my own resiliency journey. I encourage you to share your own story of resiliency this week - personal or professional!

     Happy Wednesday everyone!

    Laura Gibbs
    Online Community Engagement Administrator

  • 3.  RE: Week 3 Section 2 Lesson 1: Being Resilient

    Posted Jun 04, 2019 03:47 AM
    Laura - Your mother sounds like a fantastic role model and great personal example.  To add to your comments I'd agree that resiliency becomes evident after you have weathered the storm.  An important part of resilience is self reflection, taking the time to process and learn from experiences.  Learning and being a life long learner may sound cliche, however learning can never stop especially if you intend to advance your thinking, your role and your career.  Resiliency requires some level of learning and self reflection to unlock the transformation into your best self.  Resiliency in the work place can come from shared experiences with your team like weathering a storm together, strategizing around how to handle tough situations and ultimately learning lessons from the outcomes.  Be willing to own and share those lessons - powerful for the future of your organizations change processes.  Thanks for sharing! Amey

    Amey Sgrignoli CCE
    Belco Community CU
    Harrisburg PA

  • 4.  RE: Week 3 Section 2 Lesson 1: Being Resilient

    Posted Jun 04, 2019 08:08 PM

    I agree with Amey, Laura! Your mother is a phenomenal example!

    One of the standouts for me from the Harvard Business Review (side note: I love HBR!) was the section on facing reality. It states that most resilient people are not overly optimistic. I've been thinking a lot about this since reading it, and I think being realistically optimistic is a great leadership trait that we don't hear a lot about.

    It's a tough balancing act for optimism and realism, and one in which you need to completely understand your audience, but it can have a huge impact when it comes to leadership. Thinking back on the discussion for Week 1, it touched on transparency when moving through change. Going through change and continually having a "glass half full" attitude about the past, present, and/or future will likely not resonate with an entire team.

    However, if you change your mindset, you can better help them explain why change is needed with a realist optimist mindset.

    "The glass is half full, and we've enjoyed that, but if we are not proactive and changing, the glass will eventually be empty."

    I recall reading some of the most powerful speeches in history while in college, and many of them are realistically optimistic. One in particular stands out to me - Ronald Reagan addressing the nation about the Challenger:

    " the school children of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle's takeoff. I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It's all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It's all part of taking a chance and expanding man's horizons. The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we'll continue to follow them..."

    Being optimistic and looking toward the future but understanding what can happen along the way is one of the best ways to go about change and leadership.

    Frank Kerner
    Content & Digital Strategist
    Pelican State CU
    Baton Rouge LA