The Season of Change

The sun will reach its nadir this Friday at 5:23 PM as many people are headed home from work (on the east coast) and getting ready to begin their holiday celebrations. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we will begin our 6-month journey back to the warmth of the summertime. It’s no wonder that we are built for resilience as nature showers her experiences of recovering from the depths of winter’s darkness towards the fullness of summer’s long days like the clock that she is in our lives. At our home on the Allegheny River, we always joke about the Two-Suns that we see on many of these winter days. The sun is low in the sky over Read More

Holiday Gifts for The Stressed Out

‘Tis the season to give and so our crack editorial team at Resilient Wednesday want to lighten your gift giving responsibilities by helping you find the perfect gift for your stressed-out friends, colleagues, and family member. So, here are our top 5 plus a bonus: Ugly Christmas Sweaters: You still have time (until Friday, December 21) to buy yourself an ugly Christmas sweater. It’s the gift that gives others pleasure in seeing it on you and there is nothing better than people laughing at your own good sense of humor to build your resilience. Stress Relief Kit: Want to help that angry co-worker or boss deal with their challenges in a more effective way next year. Give them the gift Read More

The Resilient Organization: The Contagion of Resilience

Emotions are contagious. Think about a recent win you had at work. Perhaps it was landing a new contract or having your department pass its compliance audit. Hopefully you had a celebration and with it you saw a sea of smiles and high fives. What about a recent failure? Maybe you missed your budget numbers or a client decided to go with another firm. Hopefully you had a post-hoc analysis with your team and you could not have missed the disappointed and perhaps sullen mood among your team members. These emotional responses aren’t just from the events themselves but are also a function of how people respond to each other. These kinds of positive and negative emotions happen every day Read More