Demystifying Resilience

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Our friends at R3 Continuum have kindly allowed us to share the below insights with our readers. With the recent violent events in Las Vegas and Texas, the topics of violence prevention and resilience are in the forefront of our thoughts. How will these events change the way we plan and prevent episodes of violence? Are your people and your organization becoming increasingly resilient and learning from the past?

As Jeff Gorter, LMSW, Clinical Director, EAP Relations of R3 Continuum, states in the video, “Our job as business leaders, EAP professionals, crisis consultants or trained peers is to offer solid resources and compassion and support; and then allow [those effected by a crisis] to choose what they determine to be right for them – as individuals, or as a work group. This approach is inherently more respectful and less intrusive. Some will take you up on the offer and share their thoughts, one-on-one or in a group. Others may decline the offer and decide instead to call a friend or a faith mentor. In either case, they will be glad you were there and that you cared and that they were given a choice.”

Resilience is a popular concept today, especially in the face of turbulent times and a seemingly endless series of mass tragedy events. Everyone is “pro” resilience, but what does that really mean – what does it look like? Is resilience a trait, something you’re born with and either have or don’t? Or is it a static list of proscribed skills, a “one size fits all” strategy that we all must learn? This presentation will explore resilience in action, looking at the ways in which hope and hardiness combine to sustain individuals and organizations when confronted with tragedy. We will consider functional markers of resilience, and what that looks like in a workplace setting. By reviewing the latest research and drawing on the lessons of some of the most challenging events of the last decade, viewers will gain a better understanding of both personal and corporate resilience, and how to bounce back when it matters most.

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Join us on December 7th as we test your organization’s resilience in our final Virtual Exercise of 2017, Terrorism or Lone Wolf – Does it Matter? The two-hour virtual exercise led by Firestorm® Senior Leadership Team and key, national partners will guide participants through a series of escalation events, with participants applying their own crisis management plans to each stage of the escalation.

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