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A Bad Workplace Experience Is Never Forgotten

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, November 30, 2015

I was once an employee who quit and stayed.  As I tell my story, listen to manager behaviors. What would you have done as an employee? Then ask yourself: Could this be the way I behave as a leader? 

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Five Tips To Create A Resilient Workforce

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, November 02, 2015

resilient workforceI am leaving tomorrow to deliver an address at a major college on the East Coast. In my pre-program survey, resiliency questions abound related to organizational change, annual re-orgs, shifting focus, competing demands—and so much more. And the attendees are befuddled, bemused, bewitched, and bewildered. 

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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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3 Things Presidential Candidates Could Learn from Pope Francis

By Eileen McDargh - Friday, September 25, 2015

With Congressional approval at an all time low, candidates could learn how Pope Francis has achieved a 60% approval rating according to a recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute. Considering that many Americans have no religious affiliation, it’s worth exploring just how this has happened. 

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The Success of Failure

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, August 17, 2015

I am writing this post in advance because when it comes out, my husband and I will be on The Star Flyer, taking a bucket trip around the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain. 

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Hummingbirds Beat Top Gun Fliers—Resilient Mother Nature!

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, August 10, 2015

A benefit of a slower summer is being able to stop and observe the natural world—often realizing that we humans still haven’t matched the forces of Mother Nature. For example, when the male Annas hummingbird drops out of the sky, he pulls more G forces than a landing space shuttle.  I watched this death-defying stunt from my kitchen window as this tiny plumed rocket dove toward the ground at 90 feet per second or nearly 400 times his body length per second.  (No - I didn’t clock it. I had to do research because their aerial stunts just fascinate me.) 

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First Woman Named CEO Deloitte. Offers Advise

By Eileen McDargh - Friday, February 13, 2015

This month, Cathy Englebert made history as the first woman CEO of Deloitte, one of the “Big Four” professional services firms. She’ll oversee a balance sheet of $15 billion and an employee base of 65,000 folks. 

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SW Airlines puts more than heart on a plane’s belly.

By Eileen McDargh - Thursday, September 11, 2014
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Seattle University Wins A Student-Maybe

By Eileen McDargh - Thursday, May 29, 2014

The school that will be the most resilient is the one that stands out. Ah, but Seattle University did something that warmed the cockles of ALL of our hearts. With her acceptance letter came a handwritten note from an admissions officer. The officer wrote to Alicia about what was particularly compelling in the essay she had to write with the submission. Talk about personalized attention.

And it did not stop there. Last week, Alicia received a poster from the university with one of her sentences printed ON THE POSTER!!!!! Does Alicia feel wanted? Cared about? Listened to? You bet. In the age of twitter characters and emoticons, this human touch is a wonderful differentiator.

Yes, it will finally comedown to the financial packages offered by the six schools, but for now--Seattle has risen to the top of Alicia's short list. How can we apply this in our businesses... with our potential and current customers or client. Something to think about.  

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Balance? Who Holds Your Hand

By Eileen McDargh - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I am holding the hand of Max, my 16 year-old neighbor, a sweet surfer young man and academic scholar (not mutually exclusive). He gave me the excellent advice on how to buy and use a GoPro camera for my March Baja whale adventure. 

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