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How to Build Workplace Resiliency in Changing Times—Part One

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, July 23, 2018

According to a study released last year by the American Psychological Association, changes at work and uncertainty are linked to employee stress, distrust, and an intent to quit. The APA’s Work and Well-being Study reported that fully 50% of Americans say they have been impacted by organizational change and were more than twice as likely to report chronic work stress. 

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Vacations Boost Resiliency. Let’s Take Them!

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, July 16, 2018

Stressed out? Overwhelmed? Too little sleep? Concerned about the “optics” of taking time off?” The list could go on and on with the excuses we make about not taking vacations.
 

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A Piece of Cake Cements A Customer Relationship

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, July 09, 2018

Let’s face it: there are many groceries we can chose from. Within close distance, I have Gelson’s, Albertson’s, and two Ralph’s.  Costco and Trader Joe’s are also nearby. (Yes, I can eat my way around the neighborhood!) 

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A Critical Workplace Skill Is Soft—which makes it HARD!

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, June 25, 2018

A recently released McKinsey Global Institute paper looked at 25 core workplace skills today and in the future for the U.S., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the U.K. 

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Intelligent Optimism Increases Resiliency

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, June 18, 2018

The reality of today’s world seems to leave little room for optimism.  Almost every news story can lead because it does bleed. We hear of critical food shortages in Africa, daily gang deaths on city streets, the profiteering from child pornography, and the climatic disasters prompted by global warming. Health care costs move up faster than a hummingbird in flight and more children now spout profanities as a regular part of speech. With such negativity, no wonder a U.S. government survey found that depression afflicts one in 10 adults 14 days a month or more.  

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Forget Spring HOUSE cleaning. Clean Your Life!

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, June 11, 2018

There’s no reason why only the trees and flowers should sprout new growth this time of year.  But how often do we feel more ripe and rotten rather than green and growing? Chances are you started the year with some fresh ideas, only to become caught in the same-old rat race that defeats any feeling of newness and adventure. 

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Yoga: A Building Block to Resiliency For Both Children And Adults

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, June 04, 2018

There are many things you can do to manage stress and cope with change but there is one particular practice that helps many: yoga. Yoga has been practiced for at least five thousand years and it can help you manage a sea of troubles both emotional and physical. 

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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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