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Monday, May 22, 2017

Look for the Funny - A Resiliency Clue

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

A wise person once said, “If you don’t have a sense of humor—you have no sense!” Judging from the dour faces in Congress, I think the pundit is right. But we don’t have to mirror the snarls and growls that haunt Washington, D.C. That’s probably why so many people have been drawn to the parodies found on late night talk shows. 

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Five Secrets to Creative Adaptability

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

In the face of continuing economic challenges, a roller coaster marketplace, Congressional stalemates, and unrelenting change, leaders in every part of an organization must develop a capacity for resiliency. A cornerstone of resiliency is adaptability. Mind you, this is not the ordinary find-another-answer but rather find MANY answers. 

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Monday, May 08, 2017

Green Thumb Wisdom for Growing Life

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

I love to garden. There’s something about kneeling down on the ground, putting a trowel into the earth, and deciding what should be planted—or weeded—or seeded.

Sure it takes time and I can get pretty dirty. I might need to amend the soil, make sure I have the right plants in the right sun or shade, and also be willing to pull out plants that no longer thrive.

Gardening has much to teach us about life.We all know you have to get your hands dirty to achieve results. Looking at a Burpee Seed Catalog will not get the garden planted. Nor will gazing at a vision board turn dreams into reality:you must take action.

A successful gardener also knows the truth of the saying from Ecclesiastics: “for everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.”

Think about where you are in your life and what is YOUR season?

In gardening terms, WINTER is a time for rest, for regeneration and renewal. What looks like a frozen landscape actually hides the blossoms waiting for warmth.You might be in a season of Winter, hunkering down, waiting, watching. Winter doesn’t last forever—as Camus insisted:

"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back." - Camus

But SPRING must precede Winter. Flowers and buds are fragile. They require water and fertilizer.You might be too. What do you need to nurture so you can to burst forth in the richness of Summer?

And Summer is indeed a gardener’s delight. Look at all the fruits and vegetables that abound. The wildflowers also peak in mountains and valleys. If you are in a Summer Season, you are on a great growth spurt, watering ideas, fertilizing projects.

In Fall, you pick the fruits of your labors. When is the best time to harvest? Was it a bountiful crop of ideas, insights, sales?What must be nurtured and set to rest for indeed, Winter will come.

Yes, I have come to realize that life parallels the natural world.The decisions I make are not unlike those a green thumb gardener makes. To thrive, I must know my season, grow my season. Feed, Seed Weed.

Everyday wisdom—every day.

 

 

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Resiliency is Option B

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

Resiliency is the new trendy word. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant have sparked many conversations and insights with the publication of their book Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy.  

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Monday, May 01, 2017

When Is Crying A Good Thing?

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

You might wonder how crying can have any relationship to resiliency? I believe you will find the answer in this thoughtful article written by my colleague and friend Susan Fowler. She explores crying not as sadness or despair, but rather as an emotional connection between people. Indeed, if we are to create a resilient organization, a resilient world, it is imperative that we find this connection. Susan suggests that it might as well be… music! 

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Making Meaning Means Making Time

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

Now that a great portion of the world has switched into "daylight savings time", a practice that continues to bewilder me as an early morning riser, I find myself pondering the resiliency principle of alignment. Alignment means that we are living in sync with what we believe is the WHY, the purpose of our life. 

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Monday, April 17, 2017

LOSS AND LAUGHTER: A Resiliency Key

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

For 62 years, Lola Gillebaard and Hendrik Cornelis Gillebaard Sr have loved and laughed and fought and cried through all her illnesses, the birth of four HUGE boys, the death of a daughter-law, the death of far too many businesses, and the sale of their beloved home. 

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Three-Letter Leaders Create Clarity

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

resiliency expertIn the age of 146 character tweets and 12-minute Ted talks, much can be gained by considering what three-letter titles can do to clarify roles and responsibilities. Everyone knows a CEO is the Chief Executive Officer, the COO is the Chief Operating Officer, and the CFO monitors profit and loss while the CTO concerns herself with technology. Let’s not forget the CIO who oversees information flow both externally and internally. 

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Monday, April 03, 2017

How to De-Energize a Customer

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

"IT"starts in Gary, Indiana at US Steel’s immense integrated mill (the largest of its kind in the Northern Hemisphere) . “IT” continues in Orlando with the United States Postal Service and Hurricane Irene. And “IT doesn’t stop until long after I return home to Southern California and a 7.0 earthquake. The “IT” is a laptop malfunction—the unnatural calamity created when technology and a virus meet. 

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Classes Teach Civil Discourse to Kids. Resiliency on the MOVE!

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

Meg Heubeck, former social studies teacher in Charlottesville, VA remains convinced that a resilient nation depends upon the ability to make civic conversation comfortable again. “We’re Americans—that’s the thing that holds us together... politics shouldn’t be something you lose family and friends over.” 

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