The future lies with Type Rs—the resilient individuals, leaders, businesses, families, and communities who turn challenges into opportunities in times of upheaval, crisis, and change.
Type R stands for Transformative Resilience and is the focus of a new book by strategy and leadership expert Ama Marston and psychotherapist Stephanie Marston — Type R: Transformative Resilience for Thriving in a Turbulent World. According to the authors, those who follow the principles of this program find themselves more and more able to cope with difficult circumstances in these challenging times. Readers learn strategies that allow them to spring forward rather than bouncing back to outdated approaches.
The nature of stress has changed dramatically in recent years. We now live in a world where significant global challenges—including climate change, terrorism, and political turmoil—impact us daily,
alongside the stresses and strains of our professional and personal lives, from illnesses to job changes and business restructuring.
Drawing upon research that spans personal and professional issues, local and global, and reaches across psychology, neuroscience, business, and politics, Ama and Stephanie Marston explain how you can cultivate Type R strategies and mindsets and can develop Type R leadership vision and cultures in ways that will prove critical for navigating disruptive change.
Type Rs range from a woman doctor who lost both legs in a tornado and became a determined advocate for children with prosthetics to an HIV-positive man diagnosed as terminally ill who has lived another 35 years as a leader of various causes. Their adversities vary, but all share a determination not to allow their setback to define them, to keep a positive mindset and “move away from a tendency to catastrophize,” and to reframe their situations, thereby choosing their own attitudes.
Type R proves that there is much we can learn from those who use change, stress, and adversity as springboards to progress and innovation in a chaotic world.