Resiliency Reader - Winter 2014 - Inaugural Edition!

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Welcome, bienvenida, boas-vindas, 歓迎, willkommen!

The Al Siebert Resiliency Center is re-launching our RESILEtter eNewsletter as the integrative Resiliency Reader. Our goal is to provide a quarterly newsletter with contributions from our group of international Certified Resiliency Facilitators ("Resilitators") on resiliency related topics, events, book reviews, and other relevant resources. Our intent is to provide you with the latest resiliency-related information from around the world and make it available to all. We welcome your contributions and look forward to this collaboration.

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Molly's Corner:

A natural essence of the human race is the connection made by each person and how we honor that connection. A remark that actress Ashley Judd once made stuck with me. She said, "Your private relationship with yourself is a spring that will feed every other factor." We are all innately resilient with inborn strengths enabled at will. Our private relationship with ourselves — the spring that feeds every other factor — is the very foundation of how we respond.

Our human ability to engage in choice, the opportunity to be flexible and adaptable in our response is a gift to embrace. Embrace your response through the words you speak, actions you take and the connections you make. Just like the laws of nature, there is a response for every thought, action and connection. May the New Year 2014 be filled with significant and beautiful connections and responses.
~ Molly Siebert, Director, Al Siebert Resiliency Center

(Book Review) Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back shows Adaptive Capacity

Most books on resiliency are about principles and personal experiences dealing with trauma from crushing disappointments to survival situations. Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy in their book, Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back (978-1451683813, Simon & Schuster, 2013), broaden that scope to tackle ecology, business, national security, brain research, social structures and leadership. It is quite a ride! (Review provided by Glen Fahs, PhD.) READ MORE...

Resilitator Round Table: Thoughts on Bouncing Back

Three of our Resilitators recently participated in a virtual email roundtable on the topic of Bouncing Back. READ MORE...

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The Resilience of a Sponge

Our ability to "Bounce Back" and move forward is an attribute which provides confidence and security to face life's most challenging situations. The analogy of a bouncing ball rebounding in spite of adversity is a powerful metaphor as is the resiliency of a sponge. While the physical characteristics of a bouncing ball and a sponge are very different, there are noteworthy similarities. (Provided by Rob McBride) READ MORE...

Stay Calm, Germany!

One of the biggest health insurance companies in Germany (Techniker Krankenkasse) has recently published a comprehensive study about the level of stress and its causes — with very interesting results and new insights. (Provided by Julia Scharnhorst) READ MORE...

Research Question:

The need for resiliency is present both while alone and while working with others. When working on a team, what question(s) should one ask to break down one's own biases? RESPOND HERE...

Resiliency Quote of the Quarter:

"She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails."
-- Elizabeth Edwards

Events & Resources

Worthwhile Reads:

  • Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change
    by William Bridges. (ISBN 978-0738213804, DaCapo Lifelong Books). View on
    The job of managing workplace change can be difficult; managed poorly, the result can be disastrous to the morale and stability of the staff. As veteran business consultant William Bridges explains, successful organizational change takes place when employees have a clear purpose, a plan for, and a part to play in their changing surroundings.
  • StrengthsFinder 2.0
    by Tom Rath. (ISBN 978-1595620156, Gallup Press). View on
    Rath and Gallup scientists present their assessment, program, and website. Rooted in more than 40 years of research, this assessment has helped millions discover and develop their natural talents.

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