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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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THE ENERGIZING MOMENT: Part 11: Is there such a thing as a humor “no-no”?

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, January 08, 2018

We have all been in situations when someone says something that they believe is funny, and we consider it everything from ill-advised to downright offensive. Join Karyn as she helps us know when humor might get the “BEAST” of us.  

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THE ENERGIZING MOMENT: Part 9: Humor and Disasters - Help or Hindrance?

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, December 25, 2017

Join me as I ask my colleague in The Resiliency Group, Karyn Buxman, if it is fact or fiction that humor can help us when faced with sudden, horrid disasters? Certainly, the devastating hurricanes that slammed Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico test everyone’s resiliency. This was followed by the largest firestorm in the history of California that killed 51 people and destroyed over 8,000 structures, leveling the City of Santa Rosa. Let’s see what she says. 

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Surviving Long Hours and the Night Shift

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, December 18, 2017

Courtesy of our friends at Bradley University via Online Degrees we have an article and infographic about nurses working the late shift.  There is nothing more important than nurses learning how to be more resilient and helping them to focus on self care.  Anyone who works the night shift can benefit from this.  Read below: 

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Gratitude Is Not A Platitude

By Eileen McDargh - Thursday, November 23, 2017

Gracias… Danke… Merci… Tack… Grazi... Obrigado… Arigatou and any other language you can imagine. In fact, there are ten different ways to say “thank you” in Japanese depending upon the context.  

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Simple Can Often Be Hard

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, November 20, 2017

There’s a wonderful Stephen Sondheim song, Anyone Can Whistle. It’s the title song from a musical of the same name. The words talk about how the singer can do difficult things—like read Greek, dance the tango, and slay a dragon. However, what is so simple for others is really hard for her: like whistling.The singer has to admit she needs help.  

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