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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Another Birthday

It’s been 4 years since The Resilience Advantage was released, (my Facebook consultants out in Silicon Valley reminded me of it this past weekend.) When I released that book, I had a goal of changing the way people looked and thought about challenges and adversities and wanted people to see resilience as an antidote to stress. So far, we’re doing pretty good. I’ve shared this work with thousands of people through the book, seminars and trainings, webinars, social media posts...

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Gaining a New Perspective

I was down on the floor playing with Cody yesterday when I started seeing the world through his eyes. Dogs (like little children) live their lives close to the ground and see and discover things the rest of us never notice from 6 feet up.  Not only does it explain his constant sniffing, but it is also difficult to  see much above 2 or 3 feet high which leaves his focus on just a small part of the world. In...

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Advice for the New Grad

I’ve had the opportunity to talk with a number of new grads recently about their career prospects in the age of the Corona Virus Pandemic.  While most of them regret the opportunity to finish their senior year and attend graduation, several of them swallowed really hard when we started talking about their immediate career prospects. These are smart young women and men and they know exactly what is happening and like the rest of us are amazed to see how,...

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Mental Well Being: A Protective Factor

May is Mental Health Month.  We usually focus on mental illness when talking about psychological well-being and that is important as upwards of 15% of the population experience severe problems with mental illness. For the rest of us, it is far better to focus on how we can maintain and even strengthen our emotional health.  May came along just at the right time as it seems like a particularly good time to be having this conversation. One of the few...

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Survival of the Adaptive

It’s time for a little self-congratulation on how we’ve handled this Pandemic.  It has been just over 6 weeks since everything changed and our nation went into a state of shutdown and so did we. Since that time, we’ve mastered working from home, playing Pictionary with family members who live far and wide, learned to wait in line at 6 ft. intervals to buy groceries, mastered the art of making and wearing masks,  and seen how much love and care...

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