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Achieving High Performance

Through Personal Resilience

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In previous posts, I have talked about the relationship between pressure and stress, and how personal resilience can help employees manage stress to stay healthy and high-performing. Today, I want to share some insights about how people can learn to be more resilient.

Koru International has developed the EPIC Model™ for achieving high performance through personal resilience -

Event :: Perception :: Interaction :: Consequence . 

The Koru EPIC Model™ is based on five factors which, when working together effectively, support the personal resilience that enables a beneficial response to a stressful event.

Five factors featured in the Koru EPIC Model™ serve as resources to support personal resilience:

 1.    physiological resilience, when the heart, mind and emotions are 'in- sync' and balanced 

2.   psychological resilience, when the individual can cognitively reframe troubling information or circumstances and use mindfulness to increase personal awareness and maintain focused attention

3.    habits, when the individual recognizes and changes undesirable lifestyle habits, adopting and strengthening those that will better serve him or her

4.    energy, supported primarily by quality sleep, nutrition, and regular exercise

5.    values and beliefs, when the individual understands how these can be limiting, and embraces values and beliefs that are more enabling

When any Event happens, resilience to the possible negative effects of stress from that event, is influenced by the individual’s Perception of the event; and this is based on an Interaction of the five resilience resources (physiological, psychological, habits, energy and values/beliefs/life purpose). The ensuing Consequence, desired or otherwise, is driven by the person’s overall resilience and actively contributes (positively or negatively) to their performance, happiness, health, and wellbeing.

In upcoming posts, I will dig deeper into the model and explore each of the five factors that can support personal resilience. The new year is always a popular time for resolutions and fresh starts, so we’ll begin the next series with a look at Habits, and how cultivating good ones and eliminating bad ones makes us more resilient and happier. Here we are in February so how many of our new years resolutions on changing habits fell by the wayside? Let's explore why that happens and importantly how we can increase our chances of success.


In the meantime, I’d love to hear your thoughts. How do you see these resilience factors operating in your organisation, for your workforce?

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