Organizational Resilience Model
Aaron Gracey of Squared Apples has developed this Organizational Resilience Model, which is based on research into how the UK military developed and maintained its resilience. The tool can be used to review the current standing of an organization’s resilience, as well as provide guidance on activities that need to take place to enhance their current level.
The Organizational Resilience Model places three key elements at the strategic core of the framework, shown above. These three core elements are the maturity of the corporate culture, the clarity of the strategic vision, and the adaptive style of the leadership framework. The more adaptive and transformational the leadership style, the more agile the workforce and the decision-making process is.
Critical to any organization is the direction and framework delivered by the Senior Management Team. All organizations are created to perform a function as efficiently as possible; this may be to sell goods and services for profit in the private sector or to deliver national infrastructure and key civil services to the public sector.
Understanding of the long-term vision by the Senior Management Team is critical, because they will build the adaptive leadership framework to enable the organization to move towards its objective.
Organizational Resilience, unlike Business Continuity or Emergency Planning, is not a single discipline that an organization can invest some resources in for a limited time to achieve a certain level of work. Organizational Resilience is an outcome of the collaboration of key organisational tactical activities. While each activity can be conducted independently of each other, resilience can only be obtained through the co-ordination of these activities in alignment to an over-arching strategy, which in turn has been developed against a clearly defined corporate end-state.
Aaron Gracey of Squared Apples is a Resilience Specialist and has recently completed a thesis on “A Collaborative and Coordinated Approach to Success – How can the Rail Industry learn from the recent military campaign in Iraq (2001 – 2009) for the development of Strategic Resilience Management Leadership?”
If you want to increase your Organizational Resilience, start with preparing a Business Continuity Plan and check out BCP Builder’s Business Continuity Plan Template.