B. Joseph White: Resilience in Action—Part 2 of 3

by: Jane Dutton

Publication Date: August 20, 2009
Length: 4 pages
Product ID#: 1-428-858

Core Disciplines: Leadership/Organizational Behavior

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This is the second of a three-part case that describes the reaction and attitudes demonstrated by B. Joseph White upon hearing that he was not chosen to be president of the University of Michigan in May of 2002. Joe White responded to this news resiliently by helping the University make a smooth transition to a new president. The case elaborates on Joe White’s beliefs about resilience and why he believes resilience is a desirable quality among individuals. Part B presents the speech on disappointment that White gave at the Regents dinner.

Teaching Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • Enable understanding of resilience
  • Explore the benefits of being resilient in the face of adversity and disappointment
  • Elaborate on the conditions and beliefs that foster resilience in individuals.