What is it that gets us through the day and enables us to survive and prosper as individual citizens, group organisations, nation states, global communities, even?
It’s possibly living free from the fear of disruption, whether this is a culmination of minor annoyances, or a scenario much more traumatic and sad. Resilience has many definitions and meanings. We can absorb some and debate these in a classroom or, indeed, a CSARN briefing.
But for me, ‘resilience’ fundamentally means an accomplished form of survival and leadership in times of turmoil – whether personal or organisational.
Moreover, for a more comprehensive life-cycle, an ability to strategize for the benefit of longevity and the longer-term, whilst withstanding the disruptions and derailments that life (and death) persistently throw at us. Resiliency is therefore a consistent activity and a persistent mid-set.
At the beginning of this week, for our inaugural Bucks New University ‘Working Lunch seminar’ with students, we welcomed some outstanding leaders in the field of Disaster Management - the ‘business end’ of resilience planning, if you like.