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  • Bertrand Badré


I remember during the global financial crisis when I was CFO of a bank every quarter we had to characterize our results and we often came with « our results show or confirm or stress or underline our resilience ». I got fed up with resilience ....

And now the word strikes back. The virus is testing our resilience. Will we demonstrate our individual or collective resilience ?

But what is resilience ? Dictionary tells us the following.

1. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

2. the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape.

Interesting ! I agree with the first definition. It is about recovering from a crisis. And we all want that to happen. And the quicker the better. And we know it is challenging. Exit strategies are about physical and mental de-confinement. They are about sanitary and economic de-confinement. The good news is that despite tragedy going on we can start discussing about it. There is a ray of light in the tunnel.

I am more perplexed with 2. Do we seriously want to come back to our initial shape ? Suffering a shock. Being deformed or transformed and revert to the exact and precise ore-crisis shape ? This will be the debate soon. Is it back to where we were. Back to old normal ? Or back to new normal ! From that perspective I don’t want to be resilient but would prefer to be adaptable. Take a sustainable and equitable shape that belle I’ve it or not could be truly resilient.


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