The 3 C’s of Resilience: An Interview with Major General Randy Manner, (Ret.)Trish Perryman
I recently had the honor of sitting down to interview Randy Manner (Ret.), a former senior military officer turned Executive Leadership Coach. For over three decades, he served in a variety of positions in the Pentagon and around the world. Prior to retiring from the Army as a Major General, he served as the Deputy Commanding General of the United States 3rd Army in Kuwait, as the Acting Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau, and as the Acting and Deputy Director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He facilitated the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, helped neutralize chemical weapons in Russia, oversaw investments in biological prophylactic research on deadly pathogens, to include Ebola, and helped coordinate military emergency response support to States during natural disasters.
Resilience has been and still is an integral part of Randy’s life and career. He coaches executives as they transition to more senior levels, mentors business leaders in improving their value propositions to their clients, and coaches senior military officers on leadership, ethics, and transition from service to our country.
I asked Randy the following questions:
Can you define in your own terms what Resiliency is?
(a) Resiliency is the ability of an individual or team to bounce back or sustain performance while encountering difficult challenges and situations. It doesn’t have to be one specific event. It can also be the ability to endure, over time, trying circumstances.
How is Resiliency a big part of your job?
(a) Resilience is a fundamental and critical component of military service in addition to helping organizations to meet the challenges of continuous competition in the commercial, non-profit, sports, and academic marketplaces.
What is the difference between Hardiness & Grit?
(a) Hardiness and Grit are both components of Resiliency. Hardiness is the degree to which an individual or team can meet extreme challenges and perform in a very calm, cool, and collected manner and keep striving toward their goal. People who are “hardier” are typically able to stay healthy under stress in comparison to some who may develop stress-related challenges. Hardy people tend to be flexible and adaptable to changing conditions. They usually are ability to stop, evaluate and change direction when needed. Grit is the focus and dedication needed to accomplish tasks. It’s the ability of the individual or team to overcome significant obstacles to accomplish goals.
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