Physical Distancing not Social Distancing

Covid-19 is all the rage and we’re all pretty much holed up at home doing what we can to get work done and minimize contact with potential sources. They just announced the first 2 cases in Pittsburgh (on the weekend) and now that testing is ramping up, we’ll soon have a better idea of the true number. One of the key messages that we’ve heard from the CDC is that we have to increase social distancing so that we don’t...

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Happiness in the Workplace?

A recent Wall Street Journal article discussed how employers are concerned about their employee happiness and are using all types of technology to evaluate and respond to the level of joy that exists in the workplace. The idea is that happier employees are more productive and, perhaps more importantly, will tend to stay at the workplace during these times of tight labor markets. Employers are using everything from software that tracks employee email and intranet comments (apparently the use of...

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Being Generative

I was talking to a friend the other day and she mentioned how much more productive she is when she starts with an idea about something rather than feeling like she has to take some kind of action. She referred to the latter as coming from a place of anxiety whereas the former comes from a place of generativity. Research suggests that we have something like 60,000 ideas go through our heads everyday but we rarely stop to pay attention...

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Wear the Mask

The modern resilience movement developed after 9/11 when government, businesses, and local communities recognized that they could not keep “black swan” events, which have a low probability of occurring but when they do, they have a meaningful impact, from happening. The latest Corona virus outbreak may be another black swan event. It seems we are watching it unfold as if it is occurring in slow motion leaving us to wonder, each day, if there is something else, we should be...

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The Resilience Advantage Digital Solution

I’m completing beta testing of my new digital software program based on my award-winning book, The Resilience Advantage. The program uses a cloud-based technology to provide micro-learning experiences (90-120 seconds) that are seamlessly delivered to your mobile device. I’ve partnered with Thrive Learning Systems, a local Pittsburgh tech company who’ve developed the technology that uses cognitive science, feedback loops, and a natural conversational tone (along with some fun GIFs) to make each interaction informative and action oriented. We’ve developed 2...

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Apologies

I was watching one of the weekend news shows and they were discussing Mike Bloomberg’s apology for the “stop and frisk” program that he put in place in NYC when he was Mayor. His apology was about his failure to recognize the consequences for thousands of young men of color being incarcerated under a questionable law enforcement practice. The commentator mentioned that she thought Bloomberg had a difficult time making that apology and that men of great wealth and power...

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