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Monday, August 21, 2017

Diversity Sparks Life into All

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

DiversityFor weeks, I’ve watched this man walk three VERY different dogs. I figured he is a paid dog walker. But today, when I finally asked him, I discovered that the dogs belong to his three children. Apparently, each child got to select the dog of their choice. 

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Ritz Carlton Has Gone To The Dogs!

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

Resiliency ExpertIf you have a 4-legged pooch and live anywhere near Laguna Niguel, CA, you might mark your calendar for August 24 and September 28 from 5-8 pm.It’s the cleverest bit of marketing I have seen in a long time AND there’s a good cause to boot! 

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Resilient Employees Start with Right Recruiting

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

resilient employeesMy mother always said, “To end well, you must begin well.” Of course, she was talking about how you separated clothes for the washing machine or how you chose vegetables at the market. But it’s also true when it comes to creating a resilient, sustainable workforce.The questions you ask in the recruiting phase will help both you and a potential employee determine if you have the right fit for your organization. 

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Radical Resiliency Meets Radical Hope

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

Radical Resiliency is the term I coined to redefine “resiliency” as something that–for humans–is far different from the notion of “bouncing back”. Rather, it is the ability to grow through challenge or opportunity. Radical resiliency also requires an element of intelligent optimism—not the pie-in-the-sky-cock-eyed version but rather a reframing of possibilities.  

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Human Kindness is not Dead - It IS RESILIENT!

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

Given the vitriolic verbiage that spews from twitter feeds, angry demonstrations, and from protesting groups, my heart often sinks into concern that we have lost the human characteristic of compassion.  

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Why You Need a Community

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

professional motivational speakerI just returned from five days with my professional colleagues at the annual National Speakers Association conference in Orlando. Despite freezing meetings rooms, Florida storms, humidity, and sleeping rooms that refused to cool off, I am so grateful I went.Why? My community!

Like all of us in a specific profession, we are a practice community family. No one except my NSA colleagues understand the demands of travel, the need to constantly research and improve, the wacky audiovisual glitches that happen all too often, the clients who ask for one thing and then look for something else, and the great joy of a standing ovation and the agony if you don’t quite hit the mark.

But there’s something else that a practice community offers: feedback. I believe this is true in all professions. A caring community doesn’t just offer thoughts for improvement, but probably more important, a caring community validates what heart and soul we bring to our work.

I know for me, I am often so close to what I do, I do not realize the positive impact I have had on a fellow speaker. Thus, it’s really easy to slip into place where you wonder if what you do even matters.

How can I relate the surprise and joy when Linda Larsen, CSP, CPAE told this audience that I approached her decades ago, looked her in the eye, told her she was tremendously talented, and affirmed her work.I barely remember that event but to Linda it was a profound moment. This past week, as I stood on the stage next to the panel I was facilitating and heard Linda say this, I started to cry.

Here’s the deal.  Linda did not HAVE to share any of this. Her decision to open up in front of 100 or more colleagues was not only kind, but it filled a place in my heart. This event was YEARS ago but it mattered deeply to her. Frankly, it mattered even more to me.

What would it take for all of us to take the time and specifically tell people about how they have touched us? Can you imagine the joy that could resonate --- joy that could warm even the coldest meeting room.

Thanks, Linda!

 

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Resiliency Turns Grief into Greatness

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

Today nurses in 2600-plus health care facilities, 50 states and 15 countries walk taller, prouder, and renewed in their work because of the death of a 33 year-old man. The power of heartbreak that becomes a heart aroused is one that every individual and organization can benefit from. 

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Large Gifts in Small Packages—The Last Road Trip Lesson

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

Having put some 4200 miles on the car and experienced magnificent mountains, flower-strewn fields, glaciers, ranches and an assortment of wildlife that ranged from mountain goats to bison to a grizzly bear, one would think that my final insight would come from some momentous, huge event. 

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Monday, July 03, 2017

What Your Mom Wants You To Know

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

inspirational speakerYes, your mother. Actually my mother too. She is Mother Earth and I have been listening very hard as I come to the end of a road trip from California through Nevada, Idaho, Montana, and onto the Canadian Rockies of Alberta and British Columbia.

It's a perfect message for July 4 in the US and for the 150th anniversary of Canada. I have recorded some thoughts for you. 

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Know Your Season, Grow Your Season

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

Resiliency SpeakerHere in the Canadian Rockies, the summers are magnificent, and also very short. Cottonwood trees blow their fuzz everywhere in an attempt to take root before snows come. Flowers bloom in abundance, taking advantage of the sun. And deer lay their fawns in tall, tall grass. 

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