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Gerry Valentine is an executive coach and public speaker with 25 yrs. Fortune 100 experience. He advises business leaders and entrepreneurs.

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“What does it mean to be resilient?” That’s the question one reader asked in response to my recent article on Forbes. It’s a great question.

The idea of “resilience” has entered the mainstream of life. Well-known researchers like Brene Brown and Angela Duckworth have published on the topic. But a lot of people don’t understand what resilience is.

There’s a misinterpretation that resilience is about being fearless, being tough or just being able to pick yourself up by the bootstraps. These misperceptions are especially prevalent in business circles. That’s a big problem because this way of thinking can actually make business leaders less resilient. Let’s clear that up.

Fear, Adversity AndParalysis

The easiest way to understand resilience is to first understand how it gets derailed, and that’s often through a destructive process I call the “fear, adversity, paralysis cycle.” Here’s how it works. When faced with adversity, we all feel fear. It’s a fear that we won’t be able to overcome the adversity. That’s perfectly natural. The problem develops when the fear becomes a paralysis that prevents us from responding productively to the adversity. And the paralysis always leads to even more adversity -- either the original adversity worsens or a new one arises.

For example, Eastman Kodak Angara Infinity Knot Natural Emerald Solitaire Necklace for Her in Platinum HPigFy
in 2012 -- some people would say because of the digital camera. But here’s something many people don’t know: The digital camera was invented by an engineer who worked for Kodak back in 1975.

So, what happened? The cycle happened. When faced with the disruptive technology of digital photography, Kodak’s leaders -- people who only understood the film business -- allowed their fear of change to trigger a paralysis that prevented them from leveraging their own invention. By the time Kodak came around, the competition had an insurmountable lead.

Examples of fear and paralysis are all around us, and most people don’t notice them. It’s the executive who’s terrified of change and clings to the past. It's the entrepreneur who is so frightened that she micromanages everything and paralyzes her company. It's the company with employees who are so caught up with blaming and finger-pointing that it can’t innovate.

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It’s also bad news for global warming. Peatlands—including those that form the wetland-like floor of Indonesia’s rainforests—are one of the world’s largest carbon sinks. Indonesia’s peatlands store about 35 billion tons of carbon.

When these peatlands are drained, burned and replace by plantations, it releases thousands of tons of carbon dioxide and sets the stage for devastating forest fires.

Indonesia’s irreplaceable rainforests and carbon-rich peatlands are being destroyed to make products we use—and throw away—every day. Products like paper for our magazines, toilet paper, packaging, and palm oil for toothpaste and chocolate are fueling the destruction.

If you haven’t heard of it, palm oil is everywhere. That includes our soap, detergents, makeup, biscuits and biofuel, to name a few. It’s cheaper to grow than many of its alternatives, takes up less land space, and has a long shelf life, all of which cause major global brands to rely on it more and more.

Indonesia is the world’s largest producer of crude palm oil, with about 15 million hectares of land licensed for palm oil development.

While palm oil has many uses and benefits, its production can also have serious costs for forests. Palm oil is almost exclusively grown on large plantations, meaning landowners have to clear large patches of forest to make space.

But palm oil can—and must—be produced sustainably. Palm oil production has been part of the livelihoods of local communities in Asia and Africa for decades.

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Thanks to major moves by big companies in recent years, the pulp and paper industry is starting to reduce its contributions to deforestation in Indonesia.

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