The Energizer

Resilient Insights for Work & Life

Featured Image

Ecotourism and Our Planet: The Secret to a Resilient Tomorrow

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, November 26, 2018

Ten years ago, my husband and I joined Dr. Jeff Salz, a cultural anthropologist, to explore the northwest quadrant of the Indian Himalayas.Our venerable guide and instructor was Ankit Sood.Ankit, founder of Sunshine Himalaya Expeditions, is a man whose business is to bring environmental and cultural awareness of the people and the ecology of that region.It was eye-opening, invigorating, and full of serendipity—including finding the Dalai Lama in a remote monastery.  

Read More...


Featured Image

When The Heart Knows, The Talent Grows

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, November 19, 2018

Dateline: Octovalo, Ecuador  

Read More...


Featured Image

Quito Does Not Mean QUIT!!

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, November 12, 2018

Years ago, cultural anthropologist, Dr. Jeff Salz, led us through an amazing adventure as we hiked the northwest quadrant of the Indian Himalayas. From traveling the highest “navigable” road in the world (you’ve got to be kidding), to encountering the Dalai Lama in the remote monastery of Naiko, to making it across three white water rivers on foot, to discovering an India that few see, we loved it all. Hence, we never hesitated when Jeff proposed a new adventure/inventure: “Come experience the cultures of Ecuador.

Through the next series of articles, join me on the resiliency insights I discovered in this last journey.

It began with the flight into Quito, a city perched at 10,000 feet in the Andes. Sprawling below us, lights stretched across the high mountain floor. A driver for Hacienda Jimenita met us in the dark night, taking us on a bumpy road to the gate of what, the next day, we discovered was a 6th generation hacienda. By morning, family members gathered to discuss their plans for the day while two French bull terriers snored on an antique sofa.

Lesson #1: When the world changes, change what you can but keep what you treasure.

We all know the saying that experiences are of more value than things. But some “things” keep the memories and the experiences alive.

In Hacienda Jimenita, photos abound of the families who lived in this wonderful house. The current residents point to Mama and Poppa, Abuela and Abuelo (grandparents), to baptism pictures and favorite horses. You sense the history and the work that continues to create an eco-resort just outside the bustling city of Quito.

Surely, it would have been easier in some respects to quit the ancient land, to give up building, repairing, and building again. It would have been easier to build up a large architectural practice (which at least one of the brother’s has) but then, who protects and safeguards the land?

The land…. Indeed perhaps an ultimate treasure. What will you hold on to?

 

Read More...


Featured Image

Resilient Racers Only Need HEART!

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, November 05, 2018

 

Read More...



Featured Image

Draw Resiliency Lessons from Your Past

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, October 15, 2018

My previous post began with the destruction of La Casa de Maria and the Center for Spiritual Renewal. For twenty years, I have made a self-pilgrimage to the top of El Cielo. It's a 4.3 mile hike from the Center to the ridge line (8.6 mile round trip) above Montecito. Now, it’ a fine of $5,000 for anyone who even enters the trail after the destruction.  

Read More...


Featured Image

Recovery Resiliency Requires a Long View

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, October 08, 2018

ResiliencyThis past January would have marked the 21st year to go La Casa de Maria and The Center for Spiritual Renewal, a blessed retreat house that for decades has offered silence and reflection—plus meals from their garden. Each year I go away to be quiet and in the quiet. I think, pray, write, and hike. The center crouches at the base of a mountain range towering over Montecito, CA and offers views of the distant Channel Islands.  

Read More...


Featured Image

Resilient Organizations Increase Trust & Reduce Gossip

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, September 24, 2018

A recent study published in the journal, Science shows that it does. Authors Soroush Vosoughi, Deb Roy, and Sinan Aral studied 126,000 twitter chains involving three million people. What they found was that falsehoods were 70% more likely to be retweeted than factual information

Read More...


Featured Image

Resiliency Reminders Reaped from Nature

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, September 10, 2018

I recently found this article which I wrote eight years ago. It struck me that the insights are timeless. Enjoy!  

Read More...


Featured Image

Five MORE Tips to Unleash Learning Potential AND Expansion

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, August 13, 2018

Perhaps you remember this modern-day hero: In 2009, Captain “Sully” Sullenberger made a water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River off Manhattan after the plane was disabled by striking a flock of Canada geese immediately after takeoff; all 155 people aboard survived. The survival of all people was remarkable in aviation history.  

Read More...


Featured Image

How to Build Workplace Resiliency in Changing Times—Part Two

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, July 30, 2018

Resilient people are best able to deal with the demands placed on them, to “roll with the punches” and to cope under pressure. We all know the paradox of “too much to do and too little time”. When coupled with constant changes, looming deadlines, masses of email, and juggling a life outside of work, resiliency might seem like a “when-you-wish-upon-a-star” phenomenon. 

Read More...


Subscribe to My Blog!


Like My Blog?

Please share it!

Recents Posts


Categories



Archive


Tags

Politics Corporate Culture Career Advice Soft Skills Siblings Positive Brain Repatterning Henry VIII Office Celebrations Depression employees Dogs Sales Technology Motivating Others Bill Treasurer Social Media More Fun at Work Survive St. Patrick's Day Book Reviews Kindness employee retention customer service Optimism Empathy Deloitte Meetings Humanity stuck Strangers Superbowl Talk Ain't Cheap Book Boston Marathon Nursing Honoring Veterans Charity Spelling Bee Listening Hurricane Irma Engaged Workers Emotional Intelligence Memorial Day resiliency Walk For Hunger resilient leaders Learned Optimism Jewish Back To School Branding Communication Voting Disruption Thanksgiving Speaking Labor Day Loss The Last Jedi Writing Hurricane Harvey Feedback e-mail Guns Vegan Content Generation Road Trip Stress Twas The Night Before Christmas Yoga U.S.A.A. waiting ecology New Year resolutions Energizing Others Networking Option B gratitude Sexual Harassment love Humor Disrupt Burnout Leaders Open Doors Book civil discourse Girls Leadership Skills Family angels Adaptability servant leadership earthquakes Environtment Women Multi-tasking creativity teams LGBTQ coaching Ecotourism Trust Seder Eve Divorce Mark Scharenbroich Radical Resiliency Climate Change Mother's Day Energy resilient organizations resilience WASP Happiness Building Resilience conscience Personal Responsibility Education Patriots Energizing Travel Vacation Aging Postive Work Environment work life balance Persuasion Change Employee Attitude women in leadership Adam Grant Gifts From The Mountain Christmas holidays Relationships Your Resiliency GPS Bullying Diversity preresilience Sustainability goals USAA Alzheimer's Intentions cancer John Blumberg Reshaping the Brain Arlington Cemetary Fun Work Environment Idea Tornadoes in Texas Sheryl Sandberg Adventure John Havlik Suddenly Single Children