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Embracing Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth: A Conversation with Rebecca Weaver

Hello everyone, I’m Doug Thorpe, your host for the “Leadership Powered by Common Sense” podcast. In one of our recent episodes, I had the pleasure of hosting Rebecca Weaver, a seasoned HR professional with 22 years of experience. Our conversation revolved around resilience, post-traumatic growth, and the evolving concept of work-life harmony.

The Power of Resilience in the Face of Adversity

Rebecca shared her personal journey of resilience, which was put to the test when she was diagnosed with cancer in early 2020. Amid the pandemic, her husband had to move out to keep their family safe while she underwent treatment. This challenging period introduced her to the concept of post-traumatic growth, which is the ability to grow and thrive after a traumatic experience.

Rebecca emphasized the difference between resilience and post-traumatic growth, highlighting the need to adapt and embrace change in the face of adversity. She is doing well physically now, although she still experiences some side effects from the treatment.

The Great Resignation and the Evolution of Work-Life Balance

Our conversation also touched on the “great resignation,” a time for individuals to reevaluate their priorities and work-life balance. We discussed how the pandemic has changed people’s perspectives and the need for leaders to adapt to the new normal.

We delved into the concept of work-life balance and how it has evolved during the pandemic. I suggested that work-life balance was never achievable because it required a give and take that was often out of our control. Instead, we proposed the idea of work-life harmony, where everything is happening simultaneously and the challenge is to be present in the moment.

The Return to the Office and the Importance of Intentionality

We also discussed the return to the office and the importance of leaders being intentional about the decision. Rebecca encouraged leaders to consider the purpose and value of bringing everyone back together, rather than simply returning to the old ways. She highlighted the importance of time mastery and the flexibility to make decisions based on individual needs and circumstances.

Post-Traumatic Growth in Leadership

Rebecca introduced the concept of post-traumatic growth in leadership, which is the focus of her upcoming book. She explained that there are three major components to leadership in this new world: adaptive leadership, empathic culture, and strategic agility.

Adaptive leadership involves flexibility, quick decision-making, and handling crisis and uncertainty. Empathic culture focuses on holistic well-being, building community, and nurturing talent. Strategic agility involves pivoting, empowering teams with transparency, and understanding the impact on both macro and micro levels.

I added that adaptability and agility are crucial for leaders to succeed in the changing landscape. Willingness to change and lead change is essential, as what got leaders to their current position may not be effective in the future.

Wrapping Up

As we wrapped up our conversation, Rebecca clarified that post-traumatic growth is not about toxic positivity or accepting difficult situations as a reason for their occurrence. Instead, it is about accepting the challenges and finding a way to move forward.

If you want to learn more about Rebecca’s work, you can connect with her on LinkedIn or visit her website, hruprisecom.com. You can also watch a video version of our conversation on our YouTube channel, “Leadership Powered by Common Sense.”

As we approach our 300th episode, I encourage you to check out our previous episodes. If you want to learn more about my coaching and advisory services, you can visit dougforbes.com.

Rebecca Weaver is the Founder and CEO of HRuprise, a platform aimed at challenging and transforming the role of HR in creating equitable workspaces. With over two decades of leadership experience in both Fortune 50 companies and cutting-edge startups, she is committed to advising small businesses on establishing fair people practices.

Her personal journey took a transformative turn at the onset of the pandemic, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Navigating through five months of chemotherapy alone with her two young daughters—while her emergency physician husband moved out to protect their family—Rebecca gained unique insights into resilience and post-traumatic growth. This experience now informs her advisory work and public speaking, focusing on what leaders can learn from adversity in a changed world.

Links: 

HRuprise.com 

Social media: @hruprise

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