Resiliency Reader - Summer 2014

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Welcome to the Summer 2014 edition of the Resiliency Reader eNewsletter brought to you by the Al Siebert Resiliency Center. We hope you will find the information and articles we provide to be useful in your quest to become more resilient. Please join in the conversation either at our online forum, or by submitting your article, review, upcoming event or other resiliency-related resources to us for possible publication. We welcome your submissions!

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Molly's Corner:

Resiliency Workshop Roundup

It is with a sense of achievement that I summarize my experience with the ASRC's one-day workshop session, "Developing a Culture of Resiliency," held recently during the 2014 Intercultural Communication Institute's Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC) — a multi-week conference.

The term "resiliency" is perplexing to other cultures, especially when the term is not easily translated from English to their native tongue. Participants were curious how they could inhabit and/or cultivate the concept of resiliency within their own framework of country, culture, and faith. They were seeking a definition of resiliency and how it can be applied to their life and business, so we brainstormed together and developed a working definition of those who are resilient. Resilient people: READ MORE...

~ Molly Siebert, Director, Al Siebert Resiliency Center
"My life sings of connections with life, spirit and you!"

Unbroken book cover

From Torture to Forgiveness - Review of Unbroken

Louis Zamperini was the subject of the #1 best seller, Unbroken, by Laura Hillebrand, and the subject of a movie to be released in December directed by Angelina Jolie. If ever there was a man who symbolized resiliency, Louis was that man.

Growing up in Torrance, California, Louis seemed to be headed for a life of crime. Then he discovered running and set a national high school mile record in 1934 that stood for 20 years. He met Adolf Hitler at the Berlin Olympics in 1936 and finished eighth in the 5000. In 1938, he set a national collegiate mile record that stood for 15 years.

After transitioning from USC track star to WWII airman, he matured and showed great courage as his plane was peppered by flak. READ MORE...

(Provided by Glen Fahs)

Cultural-Context Inventory

The Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication annually draws participants from across the globe. It is the awareness that different cultures have different social norms that will allow us to interact successfully with each other. A little bit of empathy toward people with other backgrounds goes a long way in breaking down barriers to intercultural communication. The Cultural-Context Inventory, developed by Claire B. Halverson, has been used widely to help people assess their own tendencies toward high- or low-context cultural interactions.

We invite you to take the assessment, developed by Claire B. Halverson, and discuss what your results mean to you and how you can relate it to your own personal growth in resiliency.


Research Question of the Quarter:

Based on the Cultural-Context Inventory, what do your results mean to you and how you can relate it to your own personal growth in resiliency? RESPOND HERE...

Resiliency Quote of the Quarter:

Ripples on water
"I alone cannot change the world,
but I can cast a stone across the waters to
create many ripples."
~ Mother Teresa

Worthwhile Read:

  • Resilience Breakthrough
    Christian Moore, 978-1626340930, Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2014
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    In The Resilience Breakthrough, Moore delivers a practical primer on how you can become more resilient in a world of instability and narrowing opportunity, whether you're facing financial troubles, health setbacks, challenges on the job, or any other problem. We can all have our own resilience breakthrough, Moore argues, and can each learn how to use adverse circumstances as potent fuel for overcoming life's hardships.

Special note: We would like to pass along our sincere condolences to the family of Kathy Berggren of Cornell University who attended our July workshop. She passed away unexpectedly before retuning home to Ithaca, New York. Kathy was an active participant in our session and eager to learn more about resiliency. Her spirit will be missed.

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