09 Feb Resilience Delivers: How and Why? Part One.
Last year we published an analysis of 26,099 Resilience Diagnostics. With over a million data points over 6 years, here some reflections on what we can learn.
The Resilience Diagnostic assess 60 factors that we have determined to be linked to our ability to demonstrate bounce, courage, connection and creativity. We have invested in three rounds of psychometrics and can show high reliability and construct validity. This is our second data mining exercise. We will be launching an annual Resilience Diagnostic Report to analyse how resilience is changing, how different organisations and nations perform.
There are six key findings which you can review by downloading the free 2016 report:
- Resilience Delivers: we have demonstrated that resilience assessment and training drives positive change on every category and factor of resilience.
- The CEO must lead: leadership must shape, promote and model resilience
- Global Diversity: resilience is globally relevant and locally distinct
- Gender Counts: men and women have different needs and solutions
- Age Matters: needs and opportunities much match age profiles
- We are Changing; over time key resilience factors are changing
The key message for us to share is that the concept of resilience is valid, meaningful and an investment delivers important returns to the participant and the sponsoring organisation.
First, we have demonstrated by doing pre and post assessments that every category of resilience improves with training – workshops, programmes and online.
We measure 5 asset categories (resilience strengths) and 6 liability categories (resilience vulnerabilities). Each category is built from an average of 5 questions exploring people’s actions and experiences.
- Every asset category improves post training
- Every liability category reduces post training
We have a particularly strong effect on:
- Reducing depression
- Improving physical wellbeing
- Improving cognitive functioning
- Reducing the effects of stress
One standout is that the time for relaxation has reduced by 30% over the past 6 years. Relaxation (master stress) is the foundation for physical, emotional and cognitive resilience.
Confusion and overload is the key risk factor for resilience failure.
Next week we will explore which of the key factors are changing and how they differ between men and women.