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Five Tips to Unleash Learning Potential

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, August 06, 2018

A resilient, engaged workforce needs to constantly be learning and growing to stay ahead of the competition. However, it’s easy to shrug off learning when faced with limited time and budget constraints.Time to stop that old-school thinking. There are many options for learning that can meet the needs of a team.  Here are five: 

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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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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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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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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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The Optics of Optimism - Part 1

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, March 12, 2018

It wasn’t until I got my first pair of glasses in sixth grade that I realized signs had readable letters, leaves weren’t blurry green, and I no longer had to sit in the front row to read the blackboard. 

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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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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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What happens when you move from Bud to Boss?

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, September 25, 2017

Resilient managers know that growing through challenges as well as opportunities is a great career move. However, when one moves from the rank and file into the echelon called “boss”, strange things can happen to the relationships with people who were once on your peer level.  

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