Your Community's Resilience

I was coming out of my MBA accounting class when I saw the tornado sweeping down 7th Street in Fort Worth. I was out of danger but not the downtown. Soon I could see buildings shaking and windows shattering. The twister they said would never hit the City brought its full force and fury. Two people died and over 80 buildings sustained damage. That was 2000. It didn’t take long for the people of Fort Worth to pick up the...

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Do Really Want to Hear My Comments?

and ready to receive it. Here are some ideas on giving and getting feedback Giving: Ask the person whether they want any feedback for an activity they have completed. Check with them about where and when you give feedback—some people want it 1-1, while others might prefer email. Someone else might like the feedback immediately while someone else might prefer it a few days later. Be respectful and specific in how you provide information. Avoid inflammatory words or opinions and...

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Building Family Resilience

We continue our four part series on Building Resilience in 2015 and this week it’s all about your family. I’m committed to building our family resilience this year by focusing on improving my praise and compliment giving to my family members. By reinforcing what we do well, our strengths, we build hardiness. Hardiness creates self-assurance and the capacity to withstand difficulties. Here are some ways to build up for family’s endurance and toughness. Celebrate success: Watch how professional athletes celebrate...

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Building Business Resilience

Change is in the air in the workplace and we’re all coming to terms with the idea that we have to become more efficient and effective in how we do our work. There is simply not enough time to get everything done and the result is that we wind up feeling exhausted and worn down—not a good resilience strategy. Here are some strategies that I think will be de rigeur for 2015 Forget the standard 60-minute meeting: Determine ahead of...

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Your 2015 Resilience Plan

The New Year holiday represents an opportunity to consider how you want to shape 2015 for yourself. Over the next 4 Resilient Wednesday’s, I would like to discuss some small ideas to build your resilience in 2015: Week 1: Building Personal Resilience Week 2: Building Business Resilience Week 3: Building Family Resilience Week 4: Building Community Resilience Personal Resilience Don’t make any resolutions: Research shows that resolutions fail. Instead identify some new habits you want to develop and work on...

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