Affirming Resilience

On Saturday afternoon, 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez lost the US Women Open Tennis Tournament final but won the hearts of everyone who watched the match. Fernandez lost to 18-year-old Emma Raducanu of Great Britain in the first women’s match of teenagers in 22 years. The US Tennis Open was always played close to my home when I was growing up, so I have a special affinity to enjoying those raucous NY crowds cheering on the favorites and the long shots....

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Our 9/11 Resilience

I was on the tarmac at DFW Airport 20 years ago waiting for my American Airlines plane to take off for an early morning business trip. Our pilot announced that we had a mechanical problem and had to return to the terminal. None of us knew that he had been ordered back to the gate after United Airline Flight 175 hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center. He didn’t want to take a chance that there might be...

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Wellbeing in the Workplace?

Nike announced this week that they are offering their corporate employees a week off to rest, recover and recharge. Their action is in line with other organizations such as Microsoft (added 5 wellbeing days to employee benefits) and Intel (4 weeks of sabbatical after 4 years at the company). Over the course of my career as a clinical and now organizational psychologist, I’ve watched as companies have struggled to address mental well-being. Almost everyone offers medical support such as employee...

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Stay Away from the Energy Suckers!

I’ve often shared ideas about energy management, which is a much more powerful concept than is time management. Time can’t be controlled and even worse, time typically dictates to us what we can get done. After all, there are only 24 hours, 1440 minutes or 86,400 seconds in each day and that is not going to change regardless of how we try to “manage” them. Instead, we want to think about how we use our personal energy as that is...

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Dealing with Stress in The Moment

Last week, I shared with you about the Resilience Advantage Approach of Preparation, Navigation and Bounce Back and Forward and shared some ideas about how and why preparing for stress is so important. Let’s take a look today at how we can successfully navigate our stress when it is actually happening One of my clients told me his head was about to explode (not literally) when he received yet another “change order” from his manager which, it seemed to him,...

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Olympic Resilience

We watched the US Women’s Olympic Gymnastic trials the other day and Simone Biles, the greatest gymnast ever, was a little off her game. Of course, she finished #1 in the overall competition, but she missed some moves on the uneven bars and fell off the beam during her routine, which is unheard of for her. She was clearly aggravated with herself and even with the obnoxious television cameras 5 feet from her face, she did what a person of...

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