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Guest Post: 3 Ways to Maximize Your Resilience and Be an Extraordinary Leader

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, May 28, 2018

Dear readers—I love it when long-time colleagues continue their personal journey toward excellence and serving clients. Cher Holton is just such a colleague. I think you will find value not only in her article, but also in her newest book. 

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You’re known by the flowers you grow.

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, May 21, 2018

“What kind of flower are you?”  The question took me aback when I read it. Could the writer be suggesting that the kind of flower we surround ourselves with offers testimony to our view on life?  

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Loneliness Looms: An Epidemic of Our Making

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, May 14, 2018

The U.N.’s annual World Happiness Report ranks the happiest people in the world: Finns, Norwegians, and then Danes. The U.S. has dropped to 18th place. What is happening? Surely, we are (or were) a powerful, wealthy nation.

That’s the rub. What social psychologists tell us is that happiness flows from our connections to each other, our sense of community, and a shared purpose. It has nothing to do with a never-ending hunt for consumer goods, security, money or status. The bullying and hate speech, the demonizing of groups of people, a distrust of the media, and a political climate that seems bent on its own destruction have pushed us away from the very thing we need: human connection.  Loneliness is epidemic and researchers say, far more dangerous than smoking cigarettes. And loneliness depletes the ability to be resilient because human contact—and therefore help—is diminished.

Here’s the challenge I am throwing out to myself, my family, and anyone who wishes to take up the banner: time to create opportunities for gatherings of family, friends and people who are “different.” Time to put away the digital devices that keep our eyes from seeing each other and the beauty of the natural world. Time to count blessings in terms of human connections instead of money in the bank. Time to put away consoling ourselves with unhealthy habits and possible addictions.

Author E.M. Forester had it right when he insisted “Just connect.”  And if you have no one to talk to, call me.

 

 

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When Energy Goes, Resiliency Declines

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, May 07, 2018

Just finished Daniel Pink’s newest book, WHEN: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. To my great surprise, the revelation of “when” is directly correlated to your energy! In fact, who would know that there are more unsuccessful surgeries, judicial renderings, and financial decisions done in the afternoon. It has everything to do with energy!  

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