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Free Time Should be Me Time—Part 2

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, March 30, 2020

  

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Free Time Should be Me Time—Part 1

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, March 23, 2020

I hear the laughter and disdain already: “Free time? Are you kidding?”
“Me time? Huh? I don’t even know where “me” is these days!
“What planet do you live on? We had a cutback and now I need to be three people!”
 

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Resilience Steps to Calm Pandemic Panic

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, March 16, 2020

Make no mistake, COVID-19 is very serious and requires precautions, attention, and vigilance. However, fear and panic run counter to what will help us move through this global threat. Stockpiling toilet paper and water, incessant reading and watching multiple news sources, and staying caught up on social media only serves to underscore the feeling of panic. It reminds me of the time my husband insisted I become licensed to carry mace when I’d walk thru campus at night. There had never been an incident and I walked fearless; until I started carrying the mace. Then, every shadow, noise, or movement struck terror in my heart. 

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How Not to Screw Up Communicating

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, March 09, 2020

Human language separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom but too often, we respond to the wag of a dog’s tail instead of the message given by the CEO. 

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How to Be a Great Manager

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, March 02, 2020

The flames of burnout can turn any employee into a crispy critter. However, managers who work on their connection skills with employees are the best resources for getting and keeping good employees. Enjoy this guest post and a very helpful infographic. In fact, print out the infographic, laminate it and keep it where you can see it!
 

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Cracking the Leadership Code: The Secret to Resilient Leaders

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, February 24, 2020

The old English teacher in me LOVES active verbs like “cracking”. It implies that one doesn’t suddenly “crack” the code and voila, the genie flies out of the bottle or the stone rolls away from the treasure. Rather, “cracking” demands constant work: revising, seeking, learning and practicing. And a CODE, as any mystery student knows, means looking for clues in unique places. 

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Loneliness Threatens Resilience

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, February 17, 2020

In 2007, genomics researcher Steve Cole from UCLA School of Medicine released a study that showed very lonely people have blood cells in a high state of alert which mirrored how cells would react to a bacterial infection. That study prompted extended work in the field of loneliness. According to Louise Hawkley, a senior research scientist at the University of Chicago, the absence of a social network has very real consequences in terms of mental and physical health. 

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Resilient Relationships Aren’t Always Win/Win

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, February 10, 2020

I must admit - when I first read Jeb’s article I had to suspend my judgement until I got further along in his piece. And then I understood the merits. Too often, I’ve been “the nice guy” and ended up feeling taken advantage of and the relationship goes south. Be patient and read. Here’s the big take-away for me "In sales negotiations, you cannot lose sight of the lifetime value of the relationships you’ve developed and nurtured." In other words, relationships matter and must be protected.” And that’s a two way street. Enjoy Jeb’s article! 

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In 2020, forget about your eyes. Work on your ears.

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, February 03, 2020

The only time I ever heard the term 2020 was in connection with my eyesight—not great at all. In fact, in sixth grade, the ophthalmologist told Mother that without correction, I’d be considered legally blind! Thus, I wore ugly glasses to see the blackboard and tried to disguise the fact that I recognized friends by their shape and the way they walked. Thankfully, in college, I got contact lens and my world changed. Now, years later, contacts are gone and glasses are back on my face for both distance and reading.  

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Live Like a Miracle

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, January 27, 2020

Children have a marvelous way of celebrating who they are. I remember watching my children with awe. It didn’t matter if they were playing a game with others, eating lunch, talking about their day or even watching a movie, they showed joy in everything they do.  And then there’s birthdays… On that day, a child goes from joy to pure ecstasy. 

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