March Madness Means More than NCAA Basketball
Update from Eileen!
"Madness!” That seems like the operative word as I write this ezine on March 1. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine leaves me angry, gravely concerned, and frankly, speechless. (And it takes much to make ME speechless!)
I’m acutely aware of those who praise Putin and those who speak truth to power. I am deeply touched by the willingness of the Ukrainian people to fight for their country and the leadership presence demonstrated by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
I believe Harvard best-selling author Adam Grant put the best words around Zelenskyy:
“Charisma attracts attention. Courage earns admiration. But commitment to a group is what inspires loyalty. We follow the leaders who fight for us—and we make sacrifices for the leaders who serve us.”
Yes—serve us, not a bank account or special interests but a nation.
Thus, in this issue, my intent is to offer thoughts that can serve; thoughts that can prompt positive action and instill hope; thoughts that prompt reflection and optimism.
“In March winter is holding back and spring is pulling forward. Something holds and something pulls inside of us too.”― Jean Hersey
Inspirational Quotes We All Need Now
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness”. - Desmond Tutu
"Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong and never to be content with a half-truth when the whole can be won.” - West Point Cadet Prayer
"Once you choose hope, anything is possible." - Christopher Reeves
"To have hope, one doesn’t need certainty—only possibility." - Howard Zinn
"A stitch in times saves nine—but not if you’ve outgrown the pants." - Eileen McDargh
U.S. Surgeon General Declares Youth Mental Crisis. Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is the Answer
Watch this video first and then read. There are things we can do!!
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy declared America’s first-ever mass “Youth Mental Health Crisis” as a result of Covid disruptions. Check out EQuip Our Kids! It’s a non-profit hoping to inspire the business community to support Dr. Murthy’s call to action.
Funnies From My Classroom
(Yes, I taught years ago in a rural school in Georgia)
From a seventh grader: Define civilization. His answer: “A disease you get from a woman.”
From an 8th grader: Define irrigation. Answer “When people move place to place.”
From a smart-aleck teen: “If God had wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.”
Must Read Book!
From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life by Arthur Brooks.
Judging from the many conversations I am having with colleagues and clients, many of us are in a place where we realize that it is time to reset and rethink this next part of our life. Brooks offers a lovely and deep way of recasting this period as one of offering wisdom to others. It’s a time of winnowing versus winning. I’ll be focusing my consulting and coaching efforts in this direction. Perhaps I can be of service to you!
One More Must Read Book
The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain by Annie Murphy Paul
I am still reading this book because it is so rich, provocative, and important. Thinking doesn’t just occur in the brain as we have believed. Rather—our BODY has much to offer us to increase decision making, creativity, and memory retention. The new word is “interoception”—an awareness of the inner state of the body which is literally sending messages to the brain.
Invisible Architecture™ is the Key to Leadership
Think of all the money spent on designing office buildings, moving cubicles around, consolidating locations. Capital expenditures take a big budget chunk. But what if you literally had the cart before the horse. What if you’re moving people, materials, and merchandise but have forgotten to move what really matters: the human spirit—invisible to the human eye but deeply experienced in relationships, customer outcomes, and performance.
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?
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