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Upping the Downside: 64 Strategies for Creating Professional Resilience By Design (Resilience By Design, Volume 2) Paperback – 2008
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A Be Ready for Anything Guide for Independent Professionals. Upping the Downside: 64 Strategies for Creating Professional Resilience is a hands-on, step by step guide to prioritizing how what's important guides resilience-making. This be-ready-for-anything guide is like an insurance policy for your standard of living. In the coming years, our inability to predict the future is only trumped by accelerating change. What do you do to remain buoyant in a sea of uncertainty? Focus on building in resilience. This book is primarily directed to the self-employed, or independent professional, entrepreneur or practicing group. Because, unlike other resilience systems, it producing a priority score for each item, will get you moving with more leverage and small wins as you pick the low-hanging fruit in your life and work. Mike's Professional Resilience Model coupled with his co-author's essays on resilience provide a wide-ranging tome on resilience and how it happens in our lives. Lead Author Mike Jay has been a professional business coach, consultant, and entrepreneur for more than forty years. An award-winning U.S. Marine and collegiate athlete at Texas A&M, he initially parlayed his leadership experience into retail and agribusiness innovation and, subsequently, management success in medicine, hospitality, and business services. In 1999 he founded the world's premiere business and executive coach training system. Through more than 10,000 hours of coaching sessions, Mike has accumulated a global resume and served business leaders in more than twenty-seven countries.
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What I have typically been missing from personality tests in the past is the next step, the application of this new knowledge to affect my behaviors. While I wouldn't quite consider Upping the Downside to be a personality test it does encourage self-reflection around the 64 strategies and more importantly it guides and encourages changes in your systems and network rather than attempting to change your personality.
I've been working my way through a digital pre-release copy and am consistently impressed by the depth of the chosen metaphor of professional resilience. The book is split into two distinct, yet interrelated, sections. The first section is a collection of essays from eleven other authors on the topic of professional resilience. The second section is Mike Jay spiraling us deeper into the rabbit hole of self-reflection -- all the while maintaining the focus on resilience and how to develop it while maintaining our own identity, talents, and strengths.
So what is resilience? Resilience is the ability to continue in the face of unexpected challenges. This is different than planning for every eventuality by virtue of the unexpected aspect. One of the keys presented in Upping the Downside is slack, and not the lackadaisical avoidance of responsibility popularized by the Church of the Subgenius. Jay presents the concept of slack in more of an engineering frame: the difference between the level at which a system is operating and its current maximum operational capacity. If you are running near your maximum capability then you don't have much slack left in order to respond to unexpected situations. And the more efficiently a system performs the more likely there will be enough slack to respond appropriately.
I have not yet reached the full depths of my own resilience rabbit hole, especially considering this is a lifelong mindset change rather than a single event. Even with only having made it through five of the eight sections in the survey I have identified several areas of improvement in my own systems -- not my self. I'm quite excited to fully experience working within my strengths and talents. I've already begun developing my systems and leveraging the resources of others in my network to shore-up the areas that are not my strength or talent.
How much slack do you have in your life?
Where could you use more support in order to live your life more fully?
Like the turkey who believes good times are common place until the third week of November, most people expect the good times to roll on. And so, they only see what they are looking for. Even their stockbroker won't tell them that "when in doubt, get out."
Yet, if you understand that there are business cycles, you look for the unexpected and thus see the unexpected when it surfaces....long before others do.
Mike Jay is a futurist and makes his living by helping others see what they are blind to. In his new book, Jay answers the question: In tough times, what risks should we avoid and which should we snap up?
Our ability to recognize and react to today's unexpected events is key to both our growth and survival. As business entrepreneurs, we must have enough knowledge to plan and anticipate, yet enough street savvy to know when things are going unusually right or unusually wrong.
We're talking here about really big surprises -- like discovering that one of your products is selling much better than expected -- and you don't know why ...or... discovering that you are selling to the wrong customers ...or... that your product or service needs to be revamped from top to bottom ...or... even discovering you are in the wrong business.
What comes next could be scary. When the social mood trend changes from optimism to pessimism, creditors, debtors, producers and consumers change their primary orientation from expansion to conservation. As debtors and potential debtors become more conservative, they borrow less or not at all. As producers become more conservative, they reduce expansion plans. As consumers become more conservative, they save more and spend less. A downward "spiral" begins, feeding on pessimism just as the previous boom fed on optimism.
The resulting cascade of debt liquidation is a deflationary crash. What better reading material is there than "Upping the Downside"....as we in the U.S. begin the long climb out of a period of depression, or at the least a few years of recession?
I'm deeply grateful for the day a girlfriend introduced me to Mike Jay in early 2006. She told me of his profound mastery of assessments and unique style of developmental laser coaching.
I'd been a coach for a big name speaker for a few years before that, and had become real disillusioned with the world of coaching. (I couldn't understand why so many of my clients didn't do what I told them to do! I later learned this was prescriptive coaching, which is really consulting).
And, even as a Success Coach, I was having financial, career, and relationship challenges. I kept trying to fit myself into a mold that I thought society (my family, peers, friends) had made for me. Not very resilient, right?
It wasn't until I immersed myself in Mike's trainings and array of assessments that I discovered and began to really own my true strengths.
I went on to attend Mike's yearlong Resilience Club and, as a result, I'm proud to be a contributing author in UPPING the Downside.