Businesses need to be agile. Businesses need to be resilient. If agility is a proactive acceptance, and resilience is a reactive response. Can there really be room for both in twenty-first-century business?
Agility suggests ownership of and engagement, it brings positive energy to the environment. Resilience conveys a reaction to circumstances beyond one's control – adapting to, recovering from, perhaps even opposing. It has the potential to drain energy in a non-productive way.
Clearly, organisations need as much positive energy as possible in order to achieve results and to grow. There is a place for both agility and resilience if we are to protect our businesses today and in the future. Yet the balance tips in favour of agility Therefore we need strategies to support agility and maximise positive energy, and to minimise the need for resilience. We need to develop a culture of embracing change in a positive and productive way, for the organisation as a whole, for its leaders and for individuals.