I’ll be Dog-Gone
Update from Eileen!
Meet Tucker and Murphy my two dear friends who often greet me on my early morning runs. Tucker, the labradoodle, comes bounding up. The owner, Good Guy, lets him off the leash. But not far behind, is little Murphy (a Shipoo) whom I call a snickerdoodle. Murphy streaks past
Tucker and starts jumping up to slurp my face. What a glorious happy way for the morning to start!!! Nothing like being a human ice cream cone.
Here is my question: How long has it been since a fellow human greeted you with enthusiasm (minus the face licking, of course)? I can recall times in which different managers walked into the office and barely nodded, much less greeted those of us at the desks. We were but fixtures. And I resigned as soon as I could.
What message does it send when you work with people who looked like they were weaned on a pickle? Or think about the times a so-called leader ignored you only to greet another employee with warmth. How long before your enthusiasm for the workplace dried up?
Don’t think this is relegated to only in-person encounters. I was on a zoom call with a few hundred people and the moderator saw me pop on and exclaimed in a joyful voice, “Eileen! I am so glad to see you on this call with us.”
It shouldn’t be just dogs that make our day. You get the idea!
Mother Earth Needs Our Help To Survive
Sitting in the middle of unprecedented atmospheric storms here in California and reading of dust devils marching across South Africa amid severe drought, I am a believer. Climate change is real and demands our immediate, collective response. The latest, in-depth report from the UN lays out the crisis in plain terms.
We are running out of time. Literally. I share this because every effort matters: Alternate energy usage, reduced water consumption, making our voices heard by how we spend our money, and where we invest it and yes, voting for the earth and not for deep-pocket politicians of all parties.
In good conscious, I can’t write about resilience in our professional and personal lives without considering the very planet that supports (or not) our existence.
Women’s Restrooms - Occupied or…?
For us females, running into a public restroom means heading toward an open stall. If none are open, we try and pull the door unless there a tiny red latch that says “occupied”. If no latch, we also bend down to see if there are feet in the stall. I start to do just that when a housekeeper in this restroom says, “Wait. Look up.”
OMG: Clear as day. The green light means open! What a brilliant, easy solution to a decades-long challenge. Go for the green, Eileen!
Here’s my thought. This solution did NOT come from the Chairman of Southwest Airiness. I doubt it came from anyone in senior management. My strong suspicion is that housekeeping saw what we females were doing and created this solution. The lesson: Solutions come from folks closest to the problem. Listen up.
FUNNIES For The Passage Of Time
I thought growing old would take longer.
It’s weird being the same age as old people.
I’m at that delusional age where I think everyone my age looks way older than I do.
We celebrated last night with a couple of adult beverages… Metamucil and Ensure.
It's not the pace of life that concerns me, it's the sudden stop at the end.
Work Smarter. Live Better. By Joe Robinson
Joe and I met over 10 years ago when we addressed an HR Conference in Bogota. We had known about each other because of our mutual interest in work/life balance and here we were — with our spouses — exploring this fascinating city and addressing the business community. Our connection stayed and in the decade that has passed, my interest turned to resilience and work/life integration. Joe went into work-life balance and stress management.
This is not a book to just sit down and read all the way through. In fact, you can’t. It’s dense, scientific, and filled with so many pearls of wisdom and things to do. Check out the chapter headings and go to that section that calls to you. There is richness and plenty of actions to take that can help you work smarter AND live better.
Must Read Another Book!
Living a Committed Life: Finding Freedom and Fulfillment in a Purpose Larger than Yourself by Lynn Twist
Last week, I heard a conversation between Lynn Twist and Chip Conley, founder of the Modern Elder Academy. Lynn’s first book, The Soul of Money, had been on my must-read-someday list. Like many good intentions, I had yet to do it. But this conversation prompted me to not only buy Lynn’s first book but to plunge deeply into Living a Committed Life.
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.
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