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Autumn 2017 Newsletter (Newsletter Archives)

Message From Eileen:

“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” Buddha.

I write this on Labor Day, a holiday created by the labor movement to honor the social and economic achievements of American workers. By 1894, the Federal Government followed the lead of numerous states and proclaimed it a national holiday. Ironically, it is a day that – for many – means no labor. (I smile as I sit at my desk working!)

Ever since I wrote my first book, Work for a Living & Still Be Free to Live, I have been passionate in believing that a resilient life is strengthened by having work that is meaningful and feeds your soul. Although published in its first edition almost 30 years ago, these words are even more true today: “A job is what you do for a paycheck. Work is what you do for a life.”

While the ultimate goal would be to make these the same, the reality is that a job might be what gives you the financial ability to DO your work. You will recognize that “work” when you burn on all burners, time slips away and you experience what Twain said was the hallmark of a true vocation – when it feels like a vacation.

Since ancient times, September has been viewed as the beginning of a new year – time for reflection, rethinking, and renewal. What resolutions might you make to bring more of your “work” into your life? What brings you to joy? Where do your talents match the needs of the world?

I’d love to know your answers and support you on that journey. That is part of my work!


SIDENOTE: In the face of so many disasters please take a moment and consider that victims are often forgotten within days of the event. Our help in financial, material, and spiritual ways must not cease. Rebuilding will not happen over night.

True Trivia

  • Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades – King David, Hearts – Charlemagne, Clubs – Alexander, the Great, Diamonds – Julius Caesar.
  • You can’t lick your elbow. (And now that you read this, I’ll bet you will try it!)
  • Alaska has the highest percentage of people who walk to work.
  • The first novel ever written on a typewriter was Tom Sawyer.

Your Story Creates Resiliency

Do you find yourself mulling over the past, caught in the could’ve, should’ve, would’ve doom loop? Or perhaps the trauma of a personal crisis leaves you unable to move forward? My dear colleague and fellow Berrett Koehler author offers sage advice on how to use your story to get on with life. Telling your story allows you to actually “see” what has occurred. As Dr. Richard Boyatzis says, “You can’t see outside of the box until you see the box.” Read this great article here.

Save the earth. It’s the only planet with chocolate!

Words Of Wisdom From Jim Kouzes

I met Jim Kouzes when I moderated LEAD 2016 for HR.com. This leadership conference is styled after the popular TED talks and offers the audience a range of leadership speakers. We hit it off and he was among the first to sign my true leader creed pledge at http://www.trueleadercreed.com/. Jim Kouzes is a bestselling author, an award-winning speaker and, according to the Wall Street Journal, one of the twelve best executive educators in the United States.

Read what Jim has to say about leaders:

1. You either lead by example or you don’t lead at all. – Leaders have to keep their promises and become role models for the values and actions they espouse. You can’t ask others to do something you aren’t willing to do yourself.

2. The best leaders and the best learners. – You have to believe that you (and others) can learn to lead and, that you can become a better leader tomorrow than you are today. Leaders are constant improvement fanatics and learning is the master skill of leadership.

3. Leadership is an affair of the heart. – It could also be the first truth. Leaders are in love with their constituents, their customers and clients, and the mission that they are serving. Leaders make others feel important and are gracious in showing their appreciation. Love is the motivation that energizes leaders to give so much for others. You won’t work hard enough to become great if you aren’t doing what you love.

Using Mindfulness as a Management Strategy

Mindfulness is on everyone’s lips right now, and there’s a reason for that: it totally works. Being mindful at work can supercharge your performance by helping you and your team focus. Continue reading on Inc.

Washington Post Neologism Contest

1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.
3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.
6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.
7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle (n), olive-flavored mouthwash.

More answers to come in our Winter e-zine!

Must Read Books

Up is not the only way. Rethinking Career Mobility by Beverly Kaye, Lindy Williams and Lynn Cowart

Hot off the press – literally. Beverly Kaye was the first person I interviewed when I wrote Work for a Living & Still Be Free to Live. She was and still is THE guru in career development. Now she offers a deeper look at the multitude of ways to grow your career. With her co-authors, she offers NEW concepts. A ladder is no longer the metaphor. Career growth today resembles a climbing wall with handholds in all directions. And if you manage others or sit in an HR function, you must get this book!

Welcome To The McDargh Clan Of Clients

South Carolina Health Care Association
National Institute of Government Purchasing
Executive Women International

About Eileen McDargh

keynote speakerIf 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.

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 or visit our website.

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