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Summer 2016 Newsletter (Newsletter Archives)

Message From Eileen:

butterflyThese six action verbs propel my thoughts into how to make the most of summer. Life slows down—well—somewhat. I am finding stimulating conversations with new clients that let me think differently and drink in new ways to help them improve their resiliency. And, of course, a fruit drink with a parasol never hurt anyone either. Grin.

Motivational SpeakerRead and reap urges us to grab books and discover what we can learn. You’ll see a few new ones reviewed in this e-zine. I am finding ideas that reap a harvest of insights or else reinforce thoughts in an expanded way.

And of course, love and live make every season worthwhile. We’ll be loving time with a GRANDdaughter at her high school graduation in Oregon, rocking out at my high school reunion in Ft. Lauderdale, and relishing great colleagues at my professional conference in Phoenix. We’ll be living it up with our family as we explore Eastern Oregon’s mountains and jet boat the Snake River.

OK. I need nap just thinking of this.

My point for you: take the six verbs and see what actions you can make for this summer. It will never come again.

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Happy News: I’M Ranked #7 in Communication

globalgurusHere is how they determined this:

In judging the contenders of the various Global Guru Categories, we focus on two groups, which excluded political, military and business people and focused on those practitioners, trainers, speakers and consultants who develop and instill competency in others.

The Top 30 Gurus, in their respective categories are the “Cream of the Crop”, the World’s Top 30 most influential Professionals Speakers, Trainers and/or Consultants in their areas and have received more than 500 votes each. All not only apply their own principals to achieve superior results in their organizations, but develop and influence people and organizations throughout the globe.

Our research came from e-mails sent to 22,000 business people, consultants, academics and MBA’s around the world for nominations and our public opinion poll.

We shortlist 60 names then did a Google search for ranking, then requested voting.

The criteria for judging the TOP 30 focused on:

  • Public opinion – 30%
  • Originality of ideas – 30%
  • Impact of original ideas – 10%
  • Practicality of ideas – 10%
  • Presentation style – 10%
  • Number of publications and writings – 5%
  • Guru factor 5%

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GiftsMountainWhether you are a world-weary worker juggling the demands of a hectic life or a seeker of soul-satisfying experiences, this deceptively simple book is your key to refresh, renew, rethink and recharge.

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It’s the “Watching Hour”

Here is a video to make you smile… Banana Man. What might we learn from him?

And here is to recycling that makes people happy… after the wedding and made me cry with joy.

OK, Millennials. Time to give us credit about what we can do. I am stronger now than in my 30s. Watch this. Time to reconsider.


Must Read Books

fasterSmart Faster Better by Charles Duhigg

Love, love, love this book. For one thing, this man is a thorough journalist. His notes page is many pages long.  Secondly, he makes you think in new ways. He brings case studies that tie pieces together: like why innovation isn’t about NEW ideas but rather how to become “intellectual middlemen”. Love it.

returnReturn on Integrity: The New Definition of ROI and Why Leaders Need to Know it by John Blumberg

Core values can’t be just a corporate banner or a piece of paper. They must be lived, breathed and cherished.  However, this is not easy to do and takes time. Blumberg, a former Arthur Anderson employee, watched what happened when his company went down in the flame of Enron. From that, he began his life’s work of understanding how integrity and values must be carefully cultivated for people and profits. A much-needed book for our times.

thecoachingThe Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael is the MASTER of getting rid of fluff and zeroing in on what EVERYONE who coaches (which is all of us) can do

to be more effective: His three memorable points on coaching:

–BE LAZY: Stop working so hard.
–BE CURIOUS: Stop giving so much advice.
–BE OFTEN: Stop waiting to coach.

The book can be read quickly or in 15 minute segments. Talk about getting down to a coaching habit, Michael says there are only 7 essential questions:

–The Kickstart Question
–The AWE Question (And what else?)
–The Focus Question
–The Foundation Question
–The Lazy Question
–The Strategic Question
–The Learning Question

How many times could I have used this book: as a parent, a spouse, a consultant, a teacher?


Coffee Break with Game-Changes with host Bonnie D. Graham presented by SAP

I had the honor of participating in “Radical Resiliency: Start Your Engines, People!”  This is a two part interview series featuring me, Bill Jensen and Sherryanne Meyer.

Bouncing back. Stress is such an epidemic that 78% of employers in the 2013/2014 Staying@Work™ Survey identified it as the top workforce risk factor. Are some of us better equipped to be resilient, while others are more prone to feel overwhelmed? The bigger question: is resiliency a genetic trait or a set of skill-based competencies that can be taught, practiced and used daily? The experts speak. Eileen McDargh, The Resiliency Group: “In a time of change it is the learners who inherit the earth while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to live in a world that no longer exists” (Eric Hoffer). Bill Jensen, Mr. Simplicity: “What we leave behind is not as important as how we lived” (Captain Jean Luc Picard, Star Trek). Sherryanne Meyer, ASUG: “Monty: Why did you say that I was a loser? Simon Wilder: Winners forget they are in a race, they just love to run. You try too hard”. (With Honors, 1994 film).

Listen to Part I (pre-recorded)

In Part 2, we will take a deeper dive and share their thoughts and tips on solving the Radical Resiliency Challenge from two perspectives: the toughest challenges every INDIVIDUAL faces in achieving Radical Resiliency and the toughest challenges MANAGERS and SENIOR EXECS face in helping ALL of their employees and their culture achieve Radical Resiliency.

Listen To Part II (live) on July 20, 2016 at 8 AM Pacific / 11 AM Eastern here.


Welcome To The McDargh Clan Of Clients

ICAN Institute
Akron Children’s Hospital
LEAD 2016
Duke Clinical Research Institute
Procter & Gamble
Rockford Chamber
First National Bank


About Eileen McDargh

If you are looking for a keynote speaker, resiliency expert, facilitator for executive retreats, leadership, communications or speech coach or emcee/moderator then you want to work with Eileen McDargh, CSP, CPAE.  Eileen will speak to audiences of 30,000 this summer.

She is the author of seven books and other products that you can find in her online store and Espeakers chose her as one of the Top 10 Motivational Speakers in 2015.  Speakers were chosen by several criteria including the number of positive reviews on their profile, events booked in the last year, buzz around the speaker, international footprint, industry designations and a robust eSpeakers profile.  Why not hire Eileen for your next event?  Call her at 949-496-8640 for a free consultation.


Mission Statement: Energizing the Human Spirit Since 1980

Our Mission is energizing the life of work and the work of your life. We work with and speak for organizations that want people to create meaningful relationships with all their stakeholders and to develop a resilient leadership capacity for living a life of balance, engagement, productivity, and purpose in a changing world. We value laughter, life-long learning, and leadership through service.

Call 949-496-8640 or send email eileen@eileenmcdargh.com