That Little Old Lady

Although it was an hour drive to get there by leaving at 7:15 I was assured of having plenty of time to catch up with my co-facilitator and review our notes before we met with our leadership cohort group at 9 AM. As I was tooling down the PA Turnpike, my phoned beeped at 7:45 to remind me that the workshop actually started at 8 AM. In a bit of a panic I checked my agenda and sure enough the starting time was 8. I could immediately feel my cortisol levels increase as I hit the accelerator increasing the speed of my car as if going another 10 mph would really get me there that much sooner. I texted my Read More

The Resilients

While it may sound like a women’s rock band, marketing strategist and resilience researcher, Chad Hinkle has coined the term “Resilients” to describe people who have overcome significant life challenges and as a result have, perhaps, rewired their brain to see the world in a different way. I had the opportunity to talk to Chad this week about his study of hundreds of Resilients and noted how their success over adversity had granted them a unique sense of self awareness, emotional intelligence, agility and flexibility, and an understanding of how past events and potential future events have and can impact their lives. In his work with companies, Chad finds that the Resilients bring a unique perspective to marketing conversations. Overcoming Read More

Teach Resilience These Four Ways

Research tells us that about 1/3 of us are inherently and highly resilient. Those lucky folks have an inborn attitude that tells them that no adversity is too great to overcome. While the rest of us have some measure of that fortitude, we may have to do a bit more self-convincing that the world has not come to an end because we did (or did not) __________________(fill in the blank). That is why we have to rely on our friends and colleagues to help us build our resilience. In the workplace managers fill the role of helping team members build mental toughness. Bosses can do this in 4 ways: Be a listener and let your team member fully describe what Read More

Out of the Blue

I am honored to have a guest blogger this week. Author, speaker, performer and my wife, Sheila Collins had a unique resilience experience that she’s offered to share with this community. People, especially health care professionals often comment on my unusual good health, for someone my age. My answer, “I do what I can do but I know we are healthy until we are not.” This mindset has helped me to never take for granted my good health, to keep up my exercising and eating programs and to appreciate the benefits being healthy. But these past 16 days, my husband Richard and I have had the opportunity to actually live this truth. A headache that began with what I thought Read More

Overcoming Overload

I was visiting with a Division President this week who told me that he was concerned with the pace of work for his staff. His team had aggressive productivity targets dictated by their corporate office and they were scrambling, leading to disorganized meeting, long hours and late night texts. Folks were grumpy and not nearly as productive as they needed to be to get this work done effectively. We discussed this being the classic definition of sensory arousal overload and that while it can be exciting, it is also exhausting. On the one hand we are ready for battle and on the other hand, we’re ready for a nap. We talked about the resilience recovery strategy of perspective taking as Read More

Check In Time

It’s been 45 days since the start of the New Year. How ya doing? By this time of the year most folks have gotten caught up in the whirlwinds of their days and find it hard to step back and track how they doing in meeting those big goals they were talking about just 6 weeks ago! We thought it would be easy to plan on going to the gym 4 times a week but it’s trickier when you don’t put that class into your schedule or sit down to talk with a trainer about your routine. At the workplace, you planned to reach out to more clients and strengthen those connections, but you may not have put “Client Calling Read More

Don’t Inhale That Secondary Stress

We know there is danger from being around tobacco users and secondary smoke is now a documented health hazard. How do the effects of secondary stress impact us in the workplace and in other settings? Secondary stress is where we psychologically take on the challenges that other people face and somehow make them our own. The most common example of professionals would be health care providers who experience compassion fatigue, burnout, and other emotional experiences. However, anyone of us can experience secondary stress when a loved one gets ill, a co-worker screws up a project that impacts the rest of the team, or when we stand up because we see an injustice being put on others. We want to help Read More

Bending Reality

Unlike the recent discussions about alternative facts, bending reality is about changing how the future plays out for us. Being more intentional about the way our days play out help us mitigate the challenges we face and create resiliency. Steve Jobs was perhaps the greatest of our time in bending or reshaping reality. His visions about the iPod, iPhone and iPad accurately predicted what consumers would want and he would be dogged about sharing and convincing others that his reality was the right one; and he was usually right. In one study researchers helped athletes deal with their performance anxiety by telling one group that their jitteriness actually helped performance while telling another group that their anxiety would hurt their Read More

Work At Rest

I had the pleasure of speaking to several attorneys the other day about the challenges facing those professionals who work in small groups or solo practice and how they can grow their business while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As with most small business owners, their major occupational hazard is the full consumption that is required of them to wear multiple hats from marketing director to service deliverer to billing coordinator. We discussed their time pressures and I shared with them the idea that managing energy instead of trying to manage time is a more effective strategy to getting work done. After all, we can’t add any time to our day but we can replenish our energy allowing us to work Read More

The Five Kinds of Fitness

I was laid out on my sofa last weekend and found myself drifting off for a little nap. In a bit of time I awoke and felt nicely refreshed. I thanked myself for that quick little workout and got on about my business. Most of us think of workouts as going to the gym, getting on the treadmill, setting a 10 degree incline and finding the right pace to get our heart rate elevated. We might also work out with weights, take a Zumba class, and schedule ourselves in for a yoga session. All these and a few others fit into the five categories of fitness that we want to shoot for to obtain an overall fitness level and which Read More