Resilience and Resourcefulness

Sheila Dixon
“If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 4 :11

Thoughts from Sheila Jones, HR Network
 
When faced with change, uncertainty or disruption, why is it that some lose heart and disengage whilst others remain confident and optimistic? Why do some people succumb to negativity while others remain positive and engaged?
 
In the book, “The Resilience Factor” Karen Reivitch and Andrew Shatte describe resilience as “our capacity to respond in healthy and productive ways when faced with adversity or trauma ….essential for managing the daily stress of life”
 
Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from change, adversity or misfortune, and is arguably one of the most important skills for people in the ever-changing workplace.  It allows us to optimise our physical, emotional and mental wellbeing so that we flourish in every aspect of our lives.
 
What does resilience look like in the workplace? Resilient people demonstrate great flexibility, high energy, mental agility and consistently perform at their highest level. They have strong relationships and support networks that help them to amplify their productivity and results.
 
Our HR Network Retreat Conference on 18th and 19th March will explore how we can develop resilience and resourcefulness in our work in the context of our desire to ‘be as Christ in the world”. This is one of the fundamental aims of  "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made”.  We will be looking at how God has wired us to respond to life’s challenges and how we can tap into the riches of His grace during our time of need.
 
We will also tap into the Four Rooms of Change model, looking at contentment, denial, confusion and renewal and on Day 2 Paul Roberts will be taking us through the rocky terrain of ‘Sex, Lies and the Christian Workplace’.
 
And finally, a quote to ponder:

“Our real journey in life is interior:
it is a matter of growth, deepening,
and of an ever greater surrender to the creative action of
love and grace in our hearts.”  Thomas Merton

If you would like to know more please e-mail Sheila on sheilacjones@btinternet.com.