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Update from Eileen
Imagine working for an international company that had been in business for 90 years and had a brand name of enormous value. Some 85,000 employees circle the globe and revenues amount to $3 billion dollars.
Suddenly, it is over. Within days, most of the employees are sent home in numbing disbelief, literally without paychecks. The pride of being in a firm hallmarked by ethics and education is severely beaten by the actions of a few which took out the majority. Good, hard-working, honest people were suddenly without work and fellow workers.
That was 21 years ago when the Enron scandal brought down venerable Arthur Andersen, LLP.
For a number of years after that, a group of former Andersen professionals would gather in Chicago for a weekend of renewal, recommitment to still-valued principles, and recharging old friendships. Appropriately, the weekend was called Connections and I was honored to address them shortly after the firm closed its doors.
I recently found an article I had written after that presentation. Amazingly, decades later it still rings true.
My colleague, John Blumberg, had assured me that I would find the group amazing. He was right. In the process, I became re-affirmed in resiliency steps that I also needed to take following the death of my mother as well as resiliency steps we can use today in this too-divided world.
Seek people who have walked your journey. Make sure they are folks who understand the process of loss AND renewal.
Talk about the present as well as the future. Honor the past but don’t stay there.
Find the lessons in every event.
Celebrate your spirit
Comparison is deadly. There is no one exactly like you.
Think widely and deeply about a larger picture and a greater world.
Laugh much. Lift a glass. And laugh some more.
Why Do Bosses Need To Get Real?
Many workers think—perhaps correctly—that their bosses don't understand the reality of life on the front lines, writes Mike Figliuolo. That basic disconnection undermines your credibility as a leader and makes it harder to inspire your workers. "If you want to get respect, get dirty," Figliuolo writes. "Roll up your sleeves and do the job you are asking your team to do."
Resiliency Requires Connections: HUMAN Connections
In Case You Think You Know Geography
Brazil got its name from the nut… not the other way around.
Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined!
Antarctica is the only land on our planet not owned by any country and 90% of the world’s ice covers Antarctica.
Damascus, Syria was flourishing a couple thousand years before Rome was founded in 753 BCE making it the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence.
And for all my California readers: Los Angeles’s full name is Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula… no wonder we say LA!
Just For Laughs
Do you ever wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and think… “That can’t be accurate?”.
I see people zip lining and mountain climbing and here I am feeling good about myself because I got my leg through my underwear without losing my balance.
Weight loss goal: To be able to clip my toenails and breathe at the same time.
Now that we have everyone washing their hands correctly…next week…turn signals!
Must Read Book!
Lastly, now more than ever we need John’s book: Return on Integrity: The New Definition of ROI and Why Leaders Need to Know It. This is John’s revised edition, published in 2019, just as our nation was rocked by violence, lies, and attempts to overthrow elections. Truth and core values matter more than ever. Read and reap.
Discover Your WHY! Play To Your Core Values
Listen to conversations. Read articles. Glance at some social media. The mantra for many of us is “I am trying to find my WHY. My purpose!”
As baby boomers, we’re the largest group in the census count. We have more years behind us than in front. And we want to make darn sure that we don’t dribble off into insignificance.
One place to start is by gaining clarity on our WHY, our HOW and our WHAT. As one of the first people certified through the WHY Institute, I walk individuals through a discovery process that is both simple and accurate. No need to spend hours reading, journaling, and pondering. But rest assured, our conversations will be rich.
From that insight, let me help you identify your core values through an assessment that has a 96% repeatability rate. That means that 96% of the time it will never change. To my knowledge, there is no other assessment with this outcome.
Call me at 949-637-4233.
Lead-HER-Ship: A Four-Part Series for Speaking up, Speaking Out, and Being Heard. Part 2
"It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech." —Mark Twain
Speaking up and out takes energy. In the age of burnout, we are all wise to determine just exactly where and how to expend our energy. To see some points to consider before you do speak up.
If you are looking for a unique keynote speaker in resiliency, a facilitator for executive retreats, a speech coach or an emcee/moderator, then you want to work with Eileen McDargh, CSP, CPAE. Eileen has spoken for audiences as large as 15,000 and facilitated groups as small as 18! She is the author of seven books and other products that you can find in her online store. The British Research firm of Global Gurus ranked her #4 among the top 30 communication gurus worldwide. Why not hire Eileen for your next event?
This is the 6th year in a row that I have been ranked in the top 5 in communication. Global Gurus surveys some 26,000 business professionals to determine rankings plus professionals also vote.