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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Work Overload: Getting Gritty

In talking with people about the 2020 disruptions, it strikes me that we are entering a new phase where we are having to accept that our new lifestyle may be lasting longer than we anticipated. We are discovering that working from home has some distinct advantages, but its dark side reveals a danger that we may be overloaded with work and home responsibilities. Many parents, particularly those with little ones are reporting that their best work hours seem to be...

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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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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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