Today I want to introduce you to a (relatively) new blogger in the resilience space. There seem to be too few seeking to expand understanding and learning in this space, so always good to have new thinking being published.
Charley Newnham is writing her dissertation for a MSc in Resilience at Cranfield University (UK). Her blog is called “Gold or Dust?“.
It may well be that Charley is that rare being I have asked about in several earlier posts – an academic, or intellectual, BC person.
You can read about my repeated request for academic/intellectual BC folks on the following links’
Back to Charley – Her bio shows that she has been a practitioner, in particular at the BBC, prior to her current academic study. Her practical experience in the field has prompted her subject (and the inspiration for the title of the blog), which is about the development of leaders (CEO’s) to deliver appropriate levels of resilience. When tested will they live up to Gold Command – or simply turn to dust?
The blog was started in December, 2010, as a means to help her refine and clarify her thinking on the subject. The blog is a very good source of references and links, as Charley has published much of her bibliography. There are also some useful posts outlining her views.
“The definition of resilience is …” offers an array of different definitions, plus the references for these definitions. If you are keen to define this concept of resilience – this post would be a great point to start.
Personally I am partial to the one that suggest resilience is “a paradigmatic change” – but then I am always keen to subvert the dominant paradigm!
“The (resilience) elephant in the room” offers the suggestion that managers may improve their CV if they have successfully managed a crisis or two – so they don’t want to build too robust and resilient an organisation.
In “My definition of organisational resilience …” Charley has clarified her thinking a little and settled on a (very good) definition influenced by Comfort, Boin and Demchak (will be posting a review of their work shortly) – and also by Lisa Valikangas.
This is a blog to read and enjoy as ideas are explored developed and refined. It was interesting to read it from the beginning, to see some of the evolution. All to often with blogs we start at the end and lose the nature of the journey.
Other than Amy and Jan – Are there any more academic BC folks out there?