Your Resiliency GPS - Resiliency Resources

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Recommended Reading

Master Your Motivation: Three Scientific Truth for Achieving Your Goals

by Susan Fowler

Susan and I know each other from back in the days when I was a consultant on behalf of the Ken Blanchard Companies. She’s one smart-as-heck woman whose philosophy resonates with mine: at the end of the day, all results and goals are determined by energy. Science tells us that satisfying three basic needs--for choice, connection, and competence--is essential to optimal motivation. You need to feel like you've picked your path, not that you're being driven down it. Your goal should be linked to people or a purpose meaningful to you. And you want to continually learn and grow. Through practical exercises and eye-opening stories, Fowler shows you how to identify and shift the quality of your motivation. The skill to master your motivation is important--it may be your greatest opportunity to evolve, grow in wisdom, and be the light the world so desperately needs.

The Burnout Gamble: Achieving More By Beating Burnout and Building Resilience

The Burnout Gamble: Achieving More By Beating Burnout and Building Resilience

by Hamza Khan

Hamza and I both spoke at the Student Leadership conference for the Colorado School of Mines at the start of this year. The field of resiliency and burnout has been my interest for decades. What I loved about Hamza and this book is that he is a millennial talking about his own experience of driving for success, never sleeping, and the final toll on his physical and mental well-being. He has done a great job modernizing the work of Dr. Herbert Freudenberger and giving very accessible steps for helping everyone with the stress that leads to burnout.

Women Rowing North: Navigating life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age

by Mary Pipher

I have read four of Mary’s books and each time, walk away astounded by her insights and wisdom in exploring everything from the emotional terrain of elders to the refugee experience. However, this book holds significant personal interest to me as I celebrated a hallmark birthday in September. When you realize that there is more life behind you instead of ahead, every day of life and work become even more precious. Resiliency, they name MUST be “WOMAN”. Pipher shows us the path.

Suddenly Single: Rebuilding Your Life after Divorce

By Kathey Batey

When going through the trauma of divorce, the Suddenly Single book series and support groups guide you through this difficult life journey. Written by someone who has been there, she expounds the truth so you can use it.


The topics we will cover:

  • The Emotions of Divorce: Anger, depression, loneliness.
  • The Decisions of Divorce: Attitude, Assets, Keeping the house, Retirement funds and more.
  • The Acceptance of Divorce: Accepting your losses and accepting where you landed after divorce.
  • The Moving Forward from Divorce: There comes a time to start looking forward to discover and create the second chapter of your life.

These resources, contact information and more are available at

Winning the War With Yourself

By Joe Tye

You would have to live a few hundred lifetimes to take the wisdom that Joe has distilled from insights that range from Roman generals to today's military. The enemy is YOWE: Your Own Worst Enemy. Let's face it: negativity is malicious, contagious and ultimately the destroyer of dreams. In clear-cut, memorable language, Joe helps us all understand and attack those internal voices that zap our resilience and courage. Buy it here. You will be very glad you did!

The Resilient Investor-A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money

By Hal Brill, Michael Kramer, and Christopher Peck

For a starter, this book is not about bouncing back from a Wall Street downturn-though certainly that is to be taken into account. It is actually about taking your wings and expanding beyond Wall Street. I'm fascinated by the authors' concept that you evaluate all your assets personal and physical as well as financial to then explore three strategies: Close to Home, Sustainable Global Economy, and volutionary Investing. You will find big ideas and little nudges. All of which add up to YOUR resilient today AND tomorrow. Buy it here.

After the Shock: Getting You Back On the Road to Resilience When Crisis Hits You Head On

By Becky Sansbury

I have studied the field of resiliency for years and am always delighted when I find a new perspective. Becky has done just that. She has crafted a wise blend of both self-care and the care of others. Her thought-provoking questions gently guide the reader into new ways of thinking about "shock". One doesn't need "shock" to appreciate the value of comfort, control, community and connection. A great read.

A World Gone Social A World Gone Mad

By Ted Coine and Mark Babbit

I read this book during an LAX to Philadelphia flight. I'm not a slow reader and this is not a heavy book. BUT--I found myself highlighting half the pages. Every word was so profound, wise, funny, and also rather intimidating. Buy this for everyone in your department, for everyone who communicates about your organization. Just plain buy it. You can't have a sustainable, resilient organization if social media is a weak spot.

The Resilience Dividend The Resilience Road

By Judith Rodin

Building resilience—the ability to bounce back more quickly and effectively—is an urgent social and economic issue. Our interconnected world is susceptible to sudden and dramatic shocks and stresses: a cyber-attack, a new strain of virus, a structural failure, a violent storm, a civil disturbance, an economic blow.

Full Steam Ahead

Full Steam Ahead

By Ken Blanchard and Jesse Stoner

Ken Blanchard and Jesse Stoner show how to create a vision for your organization, and for your own life, that will unleash your power and potential and allow you to go Full Steam Ahead! They offer numerous examples of effective visions and show exactly how to create an enduring vision that will guide you on a daily basis.

INSANELY SIMPLE: The Obsession that Drives Apple's Success

Insanely Simple

By Ken Segall

Grab your simple stick and start whacking away at outmoded practice, layers of approvals, and anything that adds complexity to your life and work. Simplicity is common sense—which isn't all that common and it is the ultimate in adaptability. Resiliency doesn't require tons of people and layers of processes. It requires winnowing away what doesn't matter. I love this book. It will make you sit up, straighten out, and fly right. You'll also wish you could have been like the author who sat in meetings with Steve Jobs (and others), taking notes and observing what would ultimately become this book.

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NOW YOU SEE IT: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business on the 21st Century

By Cathy N. Davidson, PhD


This book starts from certain core questions:

  • Where do our patterns of attention come from?
  • How can what we know about attention help us change how we teach and learn?
  • How can the science of attention alter our ideas about how we test and what we measure?
  • How can we work better with others with different skills and expertise in order to see what we're missing in a complicated and interdependent world?
  • How does attention change as we age, and how can understanding the science of attention actually help us along the way.

WHEN: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

By Daniel Pink

I was mesmerized by the research and concepts award-winning author Pink distilled in this book. Who knew that making decisions, having surgery, signing contracts can fail because of WHEN these action occur. And regardless of whether you are a “morning” or “evening” person, the conclusion is that earlier in the day presents better results. Lunch time and power naps super charge a day… and more.

He looks at the effects of starting one’s career during a depressed jobs-market; why a mid-point (in a project, in a career, in a life) can cause a slump or a spark; how to overcome a bad start; when to quit your job; when to get married; when to exercise; the importance of breaks; and much, much more. Illustrating his points are choirs and rowing teams and basketballers and dubbawalas delivering tiffin tins and Hanukkah candles and the captain of the Lusitania.

Pink’s fourth book should be compulsory reading for bosses, educators, and schedulers, for policymakers, company executives, and performers, but there is plenty in this fascinating book that the average person will find applicable to their lives. This is a quick read that rewards time spent with some excellent insights. Recommended!

Radio Shows

What is Resiliency? Why is it an Essential Daily Life Skill?

Eileen was interviewed on the Entre Architect on the topic of How to be Resilient in Times of Change

Eileen was interviewed on the Talk to Your Pharmacist podcast

Radical Resiliency: An Interview with Eileen McDargh by Jesse Lyn Stoner. Listen here.

Critical Mass Radio Show: Radical Resiliency: Listen Here