Key Considerations in Organisational Resilience

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Key Considerations in Organisational Resilience

Resilience is defined as the capacity of an organisation to plan for, and adapt to change or disruption, through anticipation, protection, responsive capacity and recoverability. (Tierney, K. J 2005)

Simple words, but requiring ongoing action by Organisational leaders to ensure the Company stays in business and is sustainable for the long haul.

  • Organisational resilience is not one thing. It is complex and multi-dimensional and is the result of a range of different factors. An Organisation can be resilient in one area (such as manufacturing) but not in another (high staff turnover).
  • Resilience is an outcome. If all aspects of a business are assessed and good practise and procedures put in place that allows adaptability to changing circumstances, resilience is the result.
  • Resilience is ever changing. The world does not stop; neither does the environment, customers’ demands or environmental challenges.
  • Resilience is the ability to adapt and rise up to meet these challenges.
  • Resilience is about adapting to changing circumstances and the ability to recover when challenges occur.

Whilst resilience is essentially based on good risk management in all areas of the business, I believe it is also a leadership mindset. Not to lose focus of the important components of the business, at any time, and to ensure it is productive and sustainable over time.

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