Creating A Resilient Organisation

Resilience – what does it mean? Bounce back, bounce forward, to recover and prosper? For Global Resilience Group Director Mark Carrick, it is about moving forward and never giving up. “For me personally, the first thing I always seem to think of is Indiana Jones, relentlessly pursued by that enormous rolling ball in the original Raiders of the Lost Ark. His focus on not only avoiding the ball, but treating each setback … [Read more...]

The Culture Of Resilience

This article focuses on the relationship between human and organisational resilience from a leadership perspective in the creation of a culture of resilience. All leaders are likely to face situations where members of a group, community or organisation experience challenges and uncertainty. However, few leaders are likely to encounter the life and death leadership situations experienced by Ernest Shackleton and his … [Read more...]

External Risks And Shocks – How Resilient Is Your Organisation?

The fact that today’s businesses are global is not news, but the extent of the globalisation of trade and commerce – and the risks it presents – are far from understood. In an increasingly interdependent world, organisations are often on the frontline when it comes to systemic shocks, catastrophic events or unanticipated political upheaval. The recent Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom produced a far from united … [Read more...]

Resilience And Identifying Potential Disruptions

As noted in the previous columns, definitions of the concept of resilience vary within different disciplines and sectors, such as critical infrastructure, homeland security and emergency, and disaster management response. However, the common characteristics of adaptability, transformation and flexibility appear generally consistent. While resilience has been described as “the capacity for complex systems to survive, … [Read more...]