Dr. Mark DeVolder is recognized as one of today’s original thinkers on transitions, showing people how to adapt to change, anticipate future trends and increase personal resilience. Mark’s customized presentations are delivered with high-energy, humour and practical tools.
We live in a VUCA world: volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. It’s not surprising that leaders who survive, thrive and deliver in business today have one trait in common; they are resilient. But resilience is not just for a few; it can be learned. Mark shares how to rewire your brain to bounce back from adversity, overcome obstacles and adapt to constant change. Audiences will learn success strategies to create a winning mindset, increase tenacity and decision-making instinct.
mcpspeakers.com; Can you explain in greater detail what you mean by VUCA?
Dr. Mark DeVolder; VUCA is an acronym used to describe the state of the world today. VUCA stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. The term was first introduced by the US Army War College, but is now used widely in business circles. We are living in a world where change happens quickly, without much warning, caused by many factors, and often difficult to comprehend. Put simply, we live in a VUCA world.
Similarly and related to a VUCA world, we are living in a time of exponential change. Change no longer happens at a constant rate; change is exponential. This means that the speed and rate of future changes will be exponentially faster than the last.
mcpspeakers.com; What are some examples of ways you can learn to be resilient?
Dr. Mark DeVolder; Resilience is the ability to adapt and persevere in the face of adversity and difficulty. The good news is that capacity for resilience is available for each person. In fact, resilience can be learned and increased. The essence of resilience has to do with the mind, specifically our mindset and how we think about ourselves and problems. Resilient people, in spite of difficulties, believe they will be successful as of result of their attitude and effort:
– resilient people learn to challenge and change negative self-talk messages. (changing “I failed; I am a failure” to “I failed, but I’ll do better next time.”)
– resilient people learn to see failures as an opportunity to learn. (“I failed, but I can learn from this experience.”)
– Resilient people learn to cultivate a belief in themselves. (“I have unlimited potential.”)
mcpspeakers.com; What are some examples of takeaways attendees will experience after the presentation?
Dr. Mark DeVolder; Attendees are motivated and equipped to:
-improve their own personal resilience through self reflection questions
-implement strategies to increase the brain’s ability to adapt (Neuroplasticity)
-identify actions that hinder resilience
-practice behaviours to future-proof themselves
mcpspeakers.com; How important does change tie into resilience?
Dr. Mark DeVolder; As mentioned, resilience is the ability to adapt and persevere in the face of adversity and difficulty. Many difficult experiences in life are the result of an unexpected or predictable change. The ability to successfully navigate change is directly related to a person’s resilience. In addition, in a world of exponential change, the cumulative effect of change-upon-change leaves many people feeling change saturated* or fatigued by change. Resilient people learn how to handle multiple and continuous change. * Change Saturation levels are rising year by year. In addition, some industries are more greatly affected by change saturation. Healthcare has the second highest change saturation levels in North America. (Prosci 2016)
mcpspeakers.com; Can anyone be taught to be resilient?
Dr. Mark DeVolder; Resilience is experienced on a spectrum. Even though I have referred to “resilient people”, in reality most people have experienced times or moments of resilience. However, there is a big difference between occasional resilience and consistent resilience. People who have learned to increase their resilience are more successful.
mcpspeakers.com; What are some of the biggest challenges stopping people to be resilient?
Dr. Mark DeVolder; One of the biggest challenges for people has to do with lack of self awareness regarding mindset. A person’s mindset and belief system directs their behaviours. Consequently, it’s imperative that people understand their belief systems. If they are unaware of a restrictive mindset, they will continue to act in ways that result in self doubt, failure and blame.
mcpspeakers.com; Is it a coincidence that all great leaders share this trait of resilience?
Dr. Mark DeVolder; Great leaders are resilient because they proved themselves not just once but many times. Some leaders experience occasional success, but great leaders are consistently successful.
mcpspeakers.com; When resilience is present, what will happen to employee engagement?
Dr. Mark DeVolder; Resilience has a positive impact on employee engagement. Resilient employees are people who have positive attitudes, are dependable and get the job done. They believe in themselves and their team. They create positive work environments.