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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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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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The Care & Feeding of Virtual Teams

By Eileen McDargh - Wednesday, April 04, 2018

The good news about technology is that teams can be spread throughout the world, offering a rich background for global enterprises. The difficult news is that time zones and the absence of visual interaction can cause teams to stumble or even fail to start at all.  

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From Pain to Profit: Resiliency Lessons for Sales

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, February 05, 2018

Good old Webster defines sales as “the exchange of goods, services, or property for money.” I contend we also engage in the act of “selling” when we want support for an idea, a course of action, or the engaged hearts and minds of people who work with us. 

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Do You Trip For Love?

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, June 19, 2017

Long ago and far away—in a distant galaxy—I was married to man who thought marathon road trips were the best thing since sliced bread. The trick was to drive as many miles as possible in one day, sleep in some unassuming hotel, and head out again on the road. Roads were always Interstate and not interesting. There were a few stops along the trip for a hurried look-see, cross it off the “I’ve done that” list and head on out again. I was always the passenger and never the driver. (Although I do admit, I am a champ at reading road maps. Siri was not even in the picture!)
 

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Top Secret Weapon for Creating Connections

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, October 10, 2016

Let me pose this riddle: What can curve at the corners, droop in lopsided fashion, stretch to great extremes, crunch noses into cherries, crinkle eyes into almonds and turn rain into sunshine? What responds when your heart is breaking, when Irish eyes are doing it, when you want the whole world to join you? Here are some further clues: On Mona Lisa, it's lacquered; for politicians it is often plastered. Howdy Doody puppeted it.Emmett Kelly sobbed it.  

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How to Make Sure You Are Never Hired to Speak Again

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, February 22, 2016

Want to make a meeting planner crazy and ensure that your name will be next to a notation that says “never again”? Over the past few weeks, I have seen some speaker antics that just blow my mind and, fortunately, convince me that those who are professionals will always have a place at the table. 

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The Top Reason for Phoney Relationships

By Eileen McDargh - Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Think “phoney” is spelled wrong? Think again. For relationships to be resilient and stand the test of time, your phone could get in the way. Specifically—your smart phone!  

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Guest Post: Resilient Employee Engagement Begins with On-boarding!

By Eileen McDargh - Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The day always comes. The one you don't want. When your great team member leaves for 'greener' pastures. 

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Cement Resilient Relationships with Lemon Cake

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, July 27, 2015

In the scheme of culinary talent, I cook a little better than average. The operative word is “cook”. I cook killer soups. My soups vary in ingredients and size. I'll whip up soups that range from stick-to-the-ribs to light-and-fancy to soups that contain whatever leftovers haunt the Tupperware containers. 

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