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Resilience Dynamics

  • More than education, more than experience, more than training, an individual's level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails.
    Gary Hamel
    Harvard Business Review, 2002
  • More than fifty years of scientific research have powerfully demonstrated that resilience is the key to success at work and satisfaction in life. Where you fall on the resilience curve-your natural reserves of resilience-affects your performance in school and at work, your physical health, your mental health, and the quality of your relationships. It is the basic ingredient to happiness and success.
    Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte
    The Resilience Factor
  • It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.
    Charles Darwin
  • I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot... and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that's precisely why I succeed.
    Michael Jordan
  • There is one difference between those individuals who rebound sooner and those who rebound later from the disappointments they've suffered. Those who rebound sooner have opened their hearts to the notion that resilience is an art that can be learned. When misfortunes come their way, they do not let their pain whip them into extremes-neither frenzy nor denial. Rather, they engage with their pain, trusting that however complete the wreckage, the greatest possible good can yet emerge.
    Carol Osborne

Why Resilience Matters

Disruptive change is an ongoing fact of life—be it challenges in health, business, relationships, finances, or any other area. The capacity to bounce back from these challenges marks the difference between individuals and organizations that survive and even thrive, and those that do not. Research shows that the skills required to handle disruptive change skillfully and effectively can be learned.

With this in mind, we created the Resilience Dynamics® body of work.

Our Unique Approach

The Resilience Dynamics® body of work encompasses the skills, abilities, knowledge, and insight that accumulate over time as people meet challenges and surmount adversity. It is an ongoing and developing fund of energy and skills that can be used to navigate change and handle current situations more easily.

The approach used in the Resilience Dynamics® body of work is both didactic and experiential. We provide people with understanding, a set of practical skills that are useful personally and professionally as well as alone and with others, and a model for lifelong development and practice.

What sets us apart from others in the field?

  • Our approach is based on systems theory and the theory of dissipative structures (self-organizing systems that respond to a state of dis-equilibrium and chaos by re-organizing in a more sophisticated manner).
  • All aspects and applications of the Resilience Dynamics® body of work are informed by the FIRO theory (Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation), that is, how each individual orients to others and to their environment.
  • While furnishing behavioral skills and attitudinal shifts, we focus on the transformation of the individual's self-concept.

The Resilience Dynamics® body of work rests on three pillars:

  1. Stability: the ability to withstand turbulence and still maintain an even keel. Stability is developed by increasing internal capacities to cope with whatever challenges may occur; it enables people to maintain beliefs that they will be able to survive and potentially thrive through any changes.
  2. Adaptability: the ability to respond flexibly to unforeseen events. Adaptability increases the likelihood of navigating any and all emergent situations successfully; this ability extends to being capable of forecasting future perturbations accurately.
  3. Reviability: the ability to rebound from challenges with equal or greater vigor than before the challenge occurred; it relates to the capacity for self-renewal through handling challenges.

There are four phases to work through after experiencing undesired, disruptive change:

  1. Get Started
  2. Develop Your Resources
  3. Take Action
  4. Build Mastery

Individuals and teams are given a road map and guided in a lively exploration that covers a vast territory: assessing and strengthening individual skills, developing networks, changing or refining mindsets, creating an action plan, and utilizing resources.


The Resilience Dynamics® body of work and the individual skills that make up the Resilience Dynamics® Skillset are introduced as appropriate in all of Rewire Leadership's professional engagements and are infused throughout our website. Additionally, you will find a plethora of resources, information, and building blocks in our newsletter, PeRLs of Wisdom, and in our blog.

Resilience Dynamics® Consulting

Rewire Leadership utilizes Resilience Dynamics® Consulting throughout our consulting process. We work with our clients to find solutions for all aspects of work life: high performance team development, strategic planning, decision making, organizational change management, and executive and leadership development.

Resilience Dynamics® Coaching

Resilience Dynamics® Coaching weaves the Resilience Dynamics® skillset into executive, management, and group coaching sessions to develop leadership skills, high performance teamwork, problem solving, collaboration, and trust while at the same time diminishing defensiveness.

Resilience Dynamics® Training

Rewire Leadership Institute® offers a variety of educational services in the Resilience Dynamics® body of work. These services include classes, seminars, conferences, and workshops.

All Resilience Dynamics® courses include training materials that focus on the development of communication, leadership, and high performance skills. Currently, we offer a 3 or 5 day version of the course. The primary difference is that the 5-day version provides a broader skill set and allows for more opportunities to practice. Because of the extended time, it allows teams to innovate and go beyond their current state of functioning by applying the newly learned skills to real work situations.

Rewire Leadership also certifies coaches, consultants, change agents, managers, and leaders in the use of the Resilience Dynamics® body of work for internal coaching, consulting, and training.

Tailored To Meet Your Needs

The Resilience Dynamics® body of work can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization - be it a small, medium, or large business, government, for profit, non-profit, startup, leadership team, matrixed team, or board. We are also available to give a key note speech or brief workshop.

Please contact us to inquire about a tailored solution for you and your organization.

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