Resilience Factors: Resilience - The 7 Pillars to Success

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Resilience is considered important today success for work, career but also life in general. But what exactly is resilience? In the following, we will give you an overview of the most important information on the topic and show you how you can improve your own resilience.

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Dr. Denis Mourlane 98Dr. Denis Mourlane is a psychotherapist and one of Europe's leading experts in economic resilience.


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What are the 7 pillars of resilience?

The seven resilience factors were developed by US researchers Dr. Karen Reivich and Dr. Andrew Shatté presented for the first time in her book The resilience factor.

They are based both on the findings of their own long-standing research activities at the University of Pennsylvania and on the work of many other research groups, as well as on the experience gained over ten years in the context of trainings.

Definition of the term

In German-speaking countries, these factors are repeatedly mentioned under the term "The seven pillars of resilience". In order not to confuse the already knowledgeable reader at this point, I would like to emphasize here that although Reivich and Shatté are cited again and again, these seven factors are very often reproduced in a completely wrong way.

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Factors which are identified as wrong are, for example, acceptance, leaving the victim role or network orientation.

Behavior or resilience factors?

While it is true that highly resilient people accept setbacks faster, see themselves less often as victims and seek support from other people, these are “only” behaviors based on the seven resilience factors defined by Reivich and Shatté.

According to Reivich and Shatté, highly resilient people are characterized in a special way by high values ​​with regard to the following seven factors.

These can be measured using the RFI® (Resilience Factor Inventory) developed by adaptive learning system and further developed continuously through specific training measures and exercises.

The 7 real resilience factors

The 7 real resilience factors, I present you in a small series Best of HR –® in front. You will find these factors in a slightly different form in any serious scientific contribution.

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What exactly is behind each individual factor, I would like to clarify the individual contributions of my series.

How to learn Resiliency

Resiliency, however, is not a goddess that you simply have or not. A study on the subject of resilience, which we conducted in collaboration with the Bertelsmann Foundation, shows that people in the working life can obviously train their resilience against psychological stress.

This often leads to more success in those affected. In this way, more resilient people not only confront the burn-out symptoms and psychosomatic complaints, but also manage positions more often due to their higher resilience.

10 Tips for Resiliency Training

Resilience can be practiced in very different ways, as Simone Janson points out in her article 10 Tips for Resilience, Balance and Success. For example, by networking with others, gaining a positive view of things and also considering crises as an opportunity.

The American sociologist Brene Brown has a very wonderful speech on the topic of resiliency in the broadest sense. She talks about the people who accept their own weakness and vulnerability, that they are resilient, become more successful in life, and also with Setbacks better.

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Resiliency in company practice

But resilience does not just have a personal component. Also for Company it is increasingly important resiliente, that is to say, psychologically more resilient and more efficient employees.

And they must recognize these employees not only with appropriate psychological methods, but also Maintain resilience and develop, Finally, the corporate cultures have to change as well.

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  11. Peter Reitz

    Hello Mr. Mourlane,

    I particularly liked your statement that resilience can be learned or trained. I find a very important observation. In coaching, the topic of "strengthening your own resilience, stress management skills, etc." very often a role.

    It is a bit of a shame that the font size in the blog is very large and the articles are therefore a little “unreadable”.

    Best regards,

    Peter Reitz

    • Simone Janson

      Hello Mr. Reitz,
      Thanks for the comment.
      To be honest, you are the first to complain about the reader-unfriendly big fonts ;-) What exactly do you dislike about it?
      The trend is yes, even in the course of the use of mobile devices to ever larger fonts, so I'm a little surprised. I am only thinking of, which used to have a very small-sized, packed homepage, and now put on clarity and large font. And it gets even bigger:
      Personally, I find, for example, rather small-sized pages hard to read and now always quickly click away. Maybe a matter of habit?

      • Peter Reitz

        You say it, a matter of habit! I'm not (yet) so trendy ;-)


        Peter Reitz

        • Simone Janson

          I had a similar feedback from a colleague this week: it turned out that he never opened the browser on his Mac, so he always got the iPad optimized view with the 110% -large font.
          For example, I would like to know which browser you are surfing with and which screen resolution - then I might understand the criticism better.

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