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Coping with change...
on 23 May 2013
A couple of years ago I reviewed the Nicholson/Clarke book on this same subject and found that, once you broke through the crust of the book (it started by restating some obvious basics) it was actually - for me - a very valuable read.
This book has a similar composition, it starts (necessarily) by laying out the definition of resilience might mean in modern life and how all kinds of upbringing and mental attitudes and conditions and experience shape your level of resilience. However, after that, this takes a slightly different course; the older book concentrates more on dealing with adversity and bouncing back from it.
This book (as the title suggests) is more about being resilient to change. It talks about how to get to a frame of mind where you expect change and thus see it as a set of opportunities rather than a set of threats intent on derailing your original plan. That old "change is an opportunity" slogan is one that's trotted out an awful lot and has become something of a cliché, but nonetheless true for all that. This book provides you with ideas and ways in which you can learn to get beyond the cliché to applying that idea. You do that by learning to differentiate change from actual threats - which is what is really involved in grasping opportunities. The book examines what can happen if you fail to learn that make that distinction.
If the resilience you seek is to enable you to run a business or to make progress in your job, then this book is for you. If it's personal resilience you seek (against family problems, oppressive environments, bereavements etc) then I would go with the older book. Both have value and cover roughly the same ground, but focus more on those different purposes and audiences.
In short: This book is concise, well written and approachable. If you need something to help you think more deeply about dealing with change in your business or your job then I think you will find this very helpful.