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The Leader's Advocate Blog

January 20, 2017

We usually think about resiliency as a skill or quality people can develop to navigate tough times. However, organizational leaders can play a major role in the ability of their direct reports to build and sustain their resilience in the face of adversity. 

In a 2016 st...

December 21, 2016

My father was the embodiment of resilience, grounded optimism, tenacity, and service. Dad could be both insensitive and compassionate - a loner and loyal friend - structured and silly – fierce and the life of the party. He miraculously transcended a terrible childhood,...

September 29, 2016

Benjamin Franklin’s declaration that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is a timeless formula for sustaining ones’ career resiliency.

Effective coping skills are an essential ingredient of resiliently coping with career adversity. The key to effective cop...

September 13, 2016

The first in a series of 7 videos introducing the book I co-authored with Dr. Lynn Schmidt - Shift Into Thrive: Six Strategies for Women to Unlock the Power of Resiliency.

August 26, 2016

For much of my adult life, I’ve been fascinated by the ways people sustain their resiliency in the face of tough times. This interest led me to focus my dissertation research on the topic and collaborate

with my colleague Dr. Lynn Schmidt on a book we’ve co-authored abo...

July 16, 2016

Writer Valentina Zarya recently published an article in Fortune magazine based on recent research that explores the negative implications for women of working long hours. The study she cites suggests that women who worked an average of 60 hours a work had higher incide...

February 12, 2016

And he said: "Son, this world is rough

And if a man's gonna make it, he's gotta be tough

And I knew I wouldn't be there to help ya along.

So I give ya that name and I said goodbye

I knew you'd have to get tough or die

And it's the name that helped to make you strong."


February 10, 2016

My passion for supporting the resiliency of my clients has taken on an unexpected new twist as I consider ways to help my aging father navigate the loss of his resiliency and diminishing will to live.

Fiercely independent as a former Navy commander, Dad prided himself o...