Breathing & Reflecting

October 11, 2023 – Approximate Read Time: ~3 minutes

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Focus on Resilience

Over the past few years, we’ve been moving toward a focus on strengthening the resilience capacity of organizations. The need for that shift in focus became clear as we watched the COVID-19 pandemic unfold and observed how organizations responded to it. We take our definition of resilience from Denyer (2017): The ability to anticipate, prepare for, and respond and adapt to incremental change and sudden disruptions.

This mix of practices creates an organization, group, or community that is well positioned to manage the negative challenges of incremental change or sudden disruption and to take advantage of the positive opportunities which arise. This positioning is the result of becoming more resilient.

We’ve developed a number of strategies to help groups engage in the practices. In a couple of weeks, we’re going to begin a multipart series that takes a closer look at each of these practices and the strategies from Tenacious Change.


Denyer, D. (2017). Organizational Resilience: A summary of academic evidence, business insights and new thinking. BSI and Cranfield School of Management.

In each episode, Lamar and Tom carve out a Third Space where everything can be on the table for open, straightforward, honest, and, yet kind and respectful, inquiry.  Getting to Third Space with Lamar & Tom is now available on four podcast platforms: Spotify, iHeartRadio, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, and YouTube Podcasts (if you want to watch them do the podcast).

Episode 3 coming soon!

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