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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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Five Tips for Branding

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, April 30, 2018

To be sustainable and resilient as an individual or an organization, customers need to know what you stand for. In short—what is your brand? 

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Forget parties and perks! Employee Experience Needs More.

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, April 23, 2018

In a war for talent, employee experience has risen as THE critical issue for this year. But make no mistake. It is not: 

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When Your Get Up & Go Just Got up and Went!

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, April 02, 2018

Five Tips to Refresh and Regain Your Resiliency  

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The Optics of Optimism - Part 2

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, March 19, 2018

Heavy clouds moved across the sky, blocking out Catalina Island that looms some 26 miles west of my California shore.I was reminded that when I first moved to this area, I had HEARD about Catalina but for the first three months, driving up the coast to my office, I gave it no more thought.  

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Guest Post: Whose Job is Corporate Culture Anyway?

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, February 26, 2018

Ginger Hardage and I connected years ago when I called Southwest Airlines, asking if I could visit the headquarters and observe more carefully what made this company such a magnet for getting and keeping talent. Ginger was my contact. She recently retired as as Senior VP Corporate Culture and Communications and now is ready to share her vast knowledge with the rest of the world.  

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For Happiness: Put Down The Smartphone

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, February 19, 2018

The other day, I drove down the street by the high school.Kids were standing by the fence, sitting on the sidewalk, or lounging on a car. No one was talking. All eyes were glued to their smartphone.All looked so serious. It felt creepy. Dystopian.  

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Ultimate Resiliency: How to Age Successfully

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, February 12, 2018

Rolling over into another year, I found myself making the usual intentions and goals for my professional and personal life. Then it suddenly hit me: I have more years behind me than I do ahead.  

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The Wisdom From A Box Office Hit

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, January 29, 2018

From raging forest fires that claimed 44 lives and 10,000 homes so far in Northern California, to the hurricane floods that washed over Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, from the bitter hate speech that continues to spill across social media to the incoherent ramblings of too many so-called “leaders”—this has been a year that has battered our spirits. 

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How to Craft a Key Retention Strategy: Mentoring

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, January 22, 2018

Recruitment of talent is one issue. But the retention of talent looms as an ever-larger concern for organizations seeking to be resilient in the future. According to a Deloitte study, 83% of companies are seriously worried about their leadership pipelines yet only 8% of companies have strong programs to build leadership skills in their millennial populations. 

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