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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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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