Laura Knill by nMYFuu3


                       at work
                            Laura Knill, Msc, C Psychol
                    Ashley Dowlen, Msc, Chartered MCIPD

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Defining resilience

Resilience is the process of adapting
well to turbulence, adversity,
uncertainty and ambiguity

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Defining resilience
  • a key capability for those who wish to succeed
    under sustained pressure
  • the ability to focus on capabilities, assets and
    positive attributes.
  • the capacity to learn and grow from challenges
    and become stronger and more effective as a
  • enhanced through skills that can be learned
    and developed by almost anyone.
  • something you do more than something you
  • also the ability to recover quickly from setbacks
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Defining resilience

    Resilience is an interactive product
    of attitudes, thoughts, approaches,
    behaviours and perhaps physiology
    that helps you deal better with
    adversity and recover more quickly
    following it

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Resilience – key capabilities
     1.     Emotional maturity
     2.     Problem solving
     3.     Self belief
     4.     Realistic optimism
     5.     Proactive flexibility
     6.     Interpersonal competence
     7.     Dependable networks
     8.     Purpose and perspective

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Resilience – key capabilities

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Programme outline
Self awareness skills
     Thinking clearly
     Identifying core beliefs and values
Development Skills
     Questioning and modifying core beliefs and values
     Putting it in perspective
     Calming and focusing
     Looking after yourself
     Inner strengths (Self confidence, self esteem, self concept)
     Paradoxical abilities
     Positive uncertainty
     Personal development plan
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Paradoxical abilities
•   Optimism and pessimism
•   Extroverted and introverted
•   Thoughtful and outgoing
•   Serious and humorous
•   Hardworking and lazy
•   Self-confident and self-critical

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          Highly resilient people have
           counterbalanced qualities
                       Creative    and   Analytical
                        Serious    and   Playful
                      Sensitive    and   Tough
                      Cautious     and   Trusting
                      Unselfish    and   Selfish
           Self-appreciating       and   Self-critical
                     Impulsive     and   thoughtful
                          Stable   and   Unpredictable
                     Optimistic    and   Pessimistic
                      Outgoing     and   Introspective

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Positive uncertainty
A creative approach to decision making requires two attitudes

• Accept uncertainty
• Be positive about uncertainty
It comprises four paradoxical principles

1. Be focused and flexible about what you want

2. Be aware and wary about what you know

3. Be objective and optimistic about what you

4. Be practical and intuitive about what you do
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Positive uncertainty
1. Be focused and flexible about what you want
     Know what you want but don’t be sure
     Treat goals as hypotheses
     Balance achieving goals with discovering them
2. Be aware and wary about what you know
     Knowledge is power and ignorance is bliss
     Treat memory as enemy
     Balance using information with imagination
3. Be objective and optimistic about what you believe
     Reality is in the eye and the I of the beholder
     Treat beliefs as prophecy
     Balance reality testing with wishful thinking
4. Be practical and intuitive about what you do
     Learn to plan and plan to learn
     Treat intuition as real
     Balance responding to change with causing change
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