Working together, groups of people can present a formidable force – so you had better be clear that you are headed in the right direction before you set off. As a manager organizing work you need to make strategic decisions about the capabilities of the organization. One of them is the level of resilience against external challenges verses operational efficiency. All networks, be they of living organs and cells, of living things, computers or other machines, can be described in terms of how resilient they are, and how effective they are. These two qualities are opposites of extremes by their nature.
Simply put, resilience describes an organization’s rebound capability, that is to say to what extent and with how much effort an organization can “bounce back” after a “knock” from the external environment. The better the ability to absorb various “knocks” the better the organization gets back to its intended state.
Plants show an amazing rebound capability. You can neglect to water them for a while, cut leaves off, etc and they are still capable of carrying on living. […]