Building resilience

Resources for personal and organisational resilience

Some of my favourite resources to deal with distress, loneliness, change, or ethical dilemmas and to strengthen personal and organisational resilience.

Strengthening personal resilience

Moral Courage Project led by Prof. Irshad Manji equips people to become courageous global citizens by speaking up in the face of intimidation.

The power of vulnerability by Brené Brown: Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy and Power.

The Art of Possibility. Transforming Professional and Personal Life: A helpful and beautifully written guide to go beyond conventional thinking while sailing through life.

Difficult Conversations. How to Discuss What Matters Most: A great book to learn to disagree.

Inspiring videos to transform your 'impact career' and avoid common mistakes and pitfalls of 'doing good'.

Comfortable with Uncertainty by Pema Chödrön: Brief reflections on life’s ups and downs.

Heal Thyself by Saki Santorelli: One of the most profound and beautiful books on mindfulness.

Guided Meditations for Stress Reduction and Resources to Understand and Overcome Burnout.

On post-traumatic growth: a guide to overcoming adversity and moving forward by clinical psychologist Stephen Joseph.

On Being - The Big Questions of Meaning. The podcasts are truly wonderful and often inspiring.

Strengthening organisational resilience

Peter Senge, The Necessary Revolution - How Individuals and Organisations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World.

Getting to Maybe: How the World Is Changed: a practical book celebrating the importance of reflection and action.

Margaret Wheatley writes about transformation in a beautiful way. Her books provide a rich understanding of how change happens beyond the misconception that 'the world changes one person at a time'.

The Barefoot Guide to Organisational Change: Fresh resources, thoughtful conversations and sideways approaches to social change.

Organization Unbound is an attempt to re-imagine the way we think about and engage in organizational and social change.

Building Transformative Organisations: What enables a social purpose organization to excel at developing new ideas and practices? In many cases, the answer lies in how people connect with each other within the organisation itself.

Whole Person, Whole System: how to build organizations where we can relate to each other not just as roles but as whole human beings?

What happens when an organisation admits failure. Some ideas from this excellent TED talk.

The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations: The starfish and the spider or lessons from activism and social entrepreneurship:

Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence at Work: A Conversation between Jon Kabat-Zinn and Daniel Goleman.

Work Smarter, a TED Playlist.  Yes, TED talks are far from perfect, but they provide good ideas which are, at times, worth sharing (in the meanwhile you may also want to read what is wrong with TED talks herehere and here).

Disruptive ideas

Dare to disagree! Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress and transformation.

Why You Should Stop Wasting Time On Absurd Motivational Articles: Moving beyond self-help and motivational gurus.

Frozen Yoga and McMindfulnessThe Mindfulness Racket, and Being Mindful of Mindfulness: Practising some critical thinking on mindfulness. 

Don't settle for work-life balance, or reflections on leading a meaningful life.

Want to help? Learn to listen! An inspiring TED talk by Ernesto Sirolli.

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less: why a 'not to do list' is what most of us need...

Top five regrets of the dying, among other things people regret working too much.

There's More to Life Than Being Happy: Meaning vs. Happiness.

Evil Plans: Escape the Rat Race and Start Doing Something You Love, an irreverent and clever read for those in transition.


More links to videos, articles, posts and books @mindfulnext