A Boy Named Sue: Building leadership resilience through challenging assignments

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." While driving to Los Angeles from Palm Springs one morning last week I began listening to a favorite singer, Johnny Cash, as a way to lower my stress from the traffic. As I reflected on the lyrics of A Boy Named Sue, it dawned on me that Cash was indirectly describing a means for building resilience by being subjected to real-life challenges using a sink-or-swim approach. The challenge approach can be a powerful way to strength

Purpose, Meaning, and Resiliency: Insights from an aging father

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 on his self-sufficiency after my mother died in 1996. He has always been optimistic and positive, staying connected with friends, taking care of his health, and volunteering to help others. However, my father became increasingly frail over the past few years causing him to become emotionally vulnerable and highly dependent on our family for support. His neglect of simple self-care activities and cognitive impairment from dimini

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