Resilience in Challenging Times


Saying that times have been challenging for the past few months seems like an understatement. Change and uncertainty lurk around every corner. You may be working remotely instead of at the office. Maybe you are still at the office or plant, but protocols have changed, and your duties may be different. In the midst of change, you likely have found yourself feeling more than a little off kilter. Like me, you are probably seeking balance and stability. To that end, I’d like to recommend we work on being resilient.

I recently read Pamela Meyer’s book, The Agility Shift. Meyer defines resilience as “the ability to regroup, reorganize, and renew during unpredictable and changing conditions and contexts.” It’s a mindset. It’s about being flexible. It’s deciding how you will respond to the world around you. If you don’t think of yourself as a naturally resilient person, there’s good news: Resilience is something you can practice and develop.

One way to start practicing resilience is to assess the current situation. Be realistic. Admit the uncertainties and fears associated with the current reality – this is not the road you planned to be on. Next, look at what you can do in spite of the challenges and changes. Refocus and redirect your purpose, and move in that direction.

Despite the challenges and changes we’ve experienced this year, Interstates remains steadfast. While we never look for adversity, it has provided the opportunity to lean in and build additional resilience. I am proud of the resourcefulness shown by those around me. I encourage you to keep persevering and building resilience, as well. Let us know how Interstates can help you and your team get through today’s challenges.

Doug Post, President