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The importance of building your resiliency to make a lasting impact!

By Annet Eijkelkamp

It is said that today’s young leaders are considered to be the most connected, educated and informed generation we’ve ever known. Young leaders today are ambitious, challenge the status quo, see the world through different eyes and are often able to come up with innovative solutions the world very much needs, enabling it to become a better and more sustainable place to live in.

It is said that today’s young leaders are considered to be the most connected, educated and informed generation we’ve ever known. Young leaders today are ambitious, challenge the status quo, see the world through different eyes and are often able to come up with innovative solutions the world very much needs, enabling it to become a better and more sustainable place to live in.

We also see, however, that mental health and stress management is increasingly top of mind for young leaders as they seek ways to establish work-life balance while still contributing to creating positive change. Good mental health is particularly essential to building resilience. As we all know, that if you build your own resiliency – the ability to adapt, recover and grow in the face of adversity – you are not only able to reach your full potential and well-being (physical, mental and emotional health) and maximize your impact, but it also enables you to better care for others.

In heading up our global young leaders program with One Young World (OYW), an NGO that connects the world’s most impactful global young leaders to create a better world, and in leading up to the upcoming 2019 OYW Summit taking place next month in London, I asked myself the question“How can we empower young change makers around the world to build their resiliency far beyond the reaches of the Summit?”. 

This question and taking into account J&J being a long-time advocate, expert and committed leader in the next chapter in mental health, our theme for this year’s OYW Summit is: “Resiliency For Change: Adapt, Recover, Grow”.

Connect, Listen, Learn and Act

Our accelerated six-month J&J OYW Program is very much part of our Company’s commitment to empowering young leaders on the front lines of care as they change the trajectory of health for humanity. This year’s group of aspiring young leaders, including 65 J&J employees and 12 external scholars from across the globe, will learn more and become advocates about the importance of building resiliency for change.

For this, we offer our Class of 2019 with an ecosystem of support including coaching, mentoring and peer support group opportunities based on identified participants needs and aspirations.

1. Coaching for 2019 Scholars

All 12 scholarship recipients will receive individual coaching from senior Johnson & Johnson leaders to further develop their aspiration, strategy and/or initiatives.

“Life wouldn’t be perfect if it wasn’t full of ups and downs. That’s what makes life exciting and worth living and exploring. We can’t get too high or too low; having that right coaching support in my life has always made me believe that our best days are always ahead. We don’t waver nor give up, because tomorrow will always be better. You fight, you learn but you keep moving forward and persisting. I can’t wait to share my experiences with the 2019 J&J OYW Scholar I will be coaching in the course of the next 6 months”, says Hani Abouhalka, Company Group Chair J&J Medical Devices EMEA and Coach to one of our 2019 J&J OYW Scholars + J&J’s plenary speaker during the 2019 OYW Summit.

2. Mentoring for J&J employees

J&J employees participating in this year’s Program receive mentoring from either a J&J One Young World Alumni and/or engaged J&J employee sharing their skills and expertise.

“I was excited to be part of the extended community creating impact in the Eye Health space, which is one of J&J GCI APAC focus areas by helping the J&J delegate to be effective in supporting the scholar. My mentoring sessions were a series of problem-solving discussions across many topics such as team dynamics, funding ideation and marketing the cause. The critical success factor was the mutual understanding that these ideation and dialogues benefit the growth of both the J&J OYW delegate and myself in our leadership journey in J&J while honouring our companies commitment to the community around us”says Enzu Jeon – Director, Strategic Support APAC Medical Devices.

3. Buddy Team support

All scholars are provided with a team of J&J delegates over the course of the program to help build and strengthen their capacity, through the sharing of their skills and knowledge and based on the scholars needs.

Paulina López Uribe (third from right), 2018 J&J OYW Scholar from Latin America shares: “The opportunity of getting to know and learn from other young leaders, has truly made a difference to me. It’s a space where you can share, be yourself and take action. The sense of ‘mutuality’ that I have experienced has been very inspiring to me. It helped me realize that I can make things work in this world. I gained more confidence in my actions and now I can take leadership in driving things forward while still being the same compassionate person. It’s amazing that I am in still in touch with J&J delegates who supported me through the Buddy team offering. We are still communicating, collaborating and stimulating each other.”

I believe that to aspire and empower young leaders to build resiliency for change to make a lasting impact they need to be able and willing to connect, listen, learn and work with each other to create meaningful change on the front lines of care. From dealing and learning with strategic business challenges, personal life experiences, and/or by sharing practical skills. Through our accelerated and needs-driven program offering approach we provide our young leaders with possibilities, tools and solutions to create an environment where they not only build their own resiliency but are also equipped to better care and serve the health of their communities!

Of course, we have some incredible experiences to support resiliency development at the One Young World Summit, including our booth, the resiliency workshop we’re hosting and last but not least our senior leader Hani Abouhalka on the main OYW stage sharing his experiences on resiliency. Follow @JNJGlobalHealth on Twitter and Instagram to see everything unfold in the coming weeks!

I love to hear your thoughts on how you are building your resiliency! Please share comment in Linkedin article

Annet

For more information about our partnership with OYW, click here and to learn more about NGO OYW, click here