Some material in this section adapted from
Managing at the Speed of Change by Daryl Conner of ODR

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Bouncing Back





At the center of the cycle of change are two key features: resiliency and resistance. Both are important to the change process. In the modern whirlwind of change, resiliency is needed to survive. Resiliency refers to your ability to quickly recover from change or misfortune. It is a buoyancy and an ability to "bounce back." Human beings have a naturally resilient nature but it must be nurtured or it will be lost.

It is as if we have a reservoir of energy that must be replenished as it is used. Picture a lake behind a dam and you have an image of your resiliency resources. The water in the lake represents your energy to put into life. When change and stress enter the flood gates of the dam open and some of the water is drained away. Small changes and challenges drain away some of the water. Bigger changes drain way more. A rapid series of changes or a traumatic event can open the flood gates wide and the lake will run dry. Resources are depleted. No energy is left for life and you experience "burnout" or fall into a depression. There is a lack of motivation and life seems dreary. To avoid such a situation you must replenish the water in the your resiliency lake or learn to control how much energy is used up. Use the following topics to learn more.



Conner, Daryl R. Managing at the Speed of Change: How Resilient Managers Succeed and Prosper Where Others Fail. New York: Villard Books, 1995.

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