The Family Hang Out

Sheila and I went over to someone’s house last weekend to share pizza and beers with some friends. We sat out on their deck, social distanced, had hand sanitizer available for whoever chose to use it and gave plenty of virtual hugs. While we sat there, we enjoyed watching a household of kids next door playing on their family trampoline with mom and dad joining in on the fun. From a resilience point of view, one of the most important...

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The Secret Life of Meetings

If you are sitting in a meeting right now on Zoom or Teams, the odds are that there is a secret life going on among you and your colleagues that everyone knows but no one wants to admit.  It doesn’t take a lot to have a secret meeting life and the truth is that most of us are engaged in it because it helps us be more productive. One part of the secret is about how we are able to...

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The Corona Class: Definitely The Cool Kids

We were driving around last Sunday when we saw a police car with sirens blaring and lights flashing but they were driving really slow down the road. Pretty soon it became apparent about what they were doing. They were leading a parade! Our local HS was celebrating the graduating class of 2020 and their police escort was leading them through our township to the cheers of parents and classmates and the admiration of their neighbors. These young people are indeed...

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Criteria for Success in a Crisis

What distinguishes businesses who are high performing in a crisis vs those who are average performers during a crisis? Since we are involved in 2 major crises (Covid-19 and examining fundamental issues about racial injustice and equity) we can begin to look at how organizations are using resilience strategies to stabilize and strengthen their business foundation. In my own resilience assessments and then in examining some recent resilience research findings, high performing companies engaged in the following activities very well:...

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The Politics of Resilience

It was painfully difficult to watch, and re-watch the video of George Floyd being murdered last week in Minnesota. My impulse was to find a way to jump through the TV screen and push that police officer off his neck.  Throughout the country, the impact of that event has created pain and heartache and has led to violent protests in major cities across the country, including where I live here in Pittsburgh. Although I emphasize and promote the resilience of...

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