Tag Archives: Interpersonal Dynamics

Saving Mr. Banks: Lessons in Empathy

Strategic Management

"I won’t disappoint you."

— Walt Disney says with empathy to Mrs. Travers

I recently watched Saving Mr. Banks. All I could think is how kind everyone was to Mrs. Travers. In spite of her own relentless crabbiness. They didn’t need to understand her ‘ways’ in order to be KIND. Many characters in the movie looked for ways to make it better or to connect. Certainly, Walt Disney was portrayed as a saint!

The audience of the movie had an added benefit of seeing her grow up. Quite an admirable child with a life of hurt and disappointment. Funny, how a little understanding can help us empathize and sympathize.

Watch a clip from Saving Mr. Banks

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Stress works for you … or against you?

Innovative Leadership

I like to begin each day watching a TEDtalk “Ideas Worth Spreading” for inspiration. Here is one that can enhance and improve EVERYONE’s life (even yours). That is, if you have ever experienced stress.

I’d like to invite you to watch this TEDtalk video NOW as you begin your day. Innovative Leadership contains elements of how you take care of yourself, express compassion and caring AND how you connect with others. You can be a positive example by “thinking” differently about stress and, consequently, reducing adverse affects of stress on yourself and others.

Kelly McGonigal, Health Psychologist, speaks about “How To Make Stress Your Friend.” Watch now!

Social contact and social support

Stress is your friend!

"STRESS makes you social. Human connection is a mechanism for stress resilience."

— Kelly McGonigal
Caring for others

How much time have you spent helping out friends and people in your community? People who spent time caring for others experienced significantly less adverse affects from stress.

"STRESS makes you more compassionate. Caring creates resilience."

— Kelly McGonigal

Gratitude

Watching this speech gave me a renewed confirmation of the value of friends and family. I am sincerely grateful for the love and support of the special people in my life! I realize that I’ve had stress. I believe I’ve had a life episodes of drama. I also know that ‘you’ were always there when I needed you. THANK YOU!

Share your methods to rethink your stress

Let us know, in comments, what you do and think during a time of intense stress. You might be able to help others.

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Leadership as an Experience in Humanness

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Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 10.55.45 AMCheryl DePonte

The Ken Blanchard Companies

Why Lead Now

Cheryl DePonte is a Human Resources Learning and Performance Specialist at The Ken Blanchard Companies and has over 15 years experience in the fields of organizational effectiveness and human resources development.

Leadership as an Experience in Humanness

At the beginning of my career, desperate for experience, I took whatever job I could in my field. Fortunately, my first manager treated employees and customers like gold. Luck struck twice when I was hired by yet another wonderful manager.

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 11.00.02 AMRegrettably, subsequent managers provided the “opportunity” to witness appalling treatment of both employees and customers. Still relatively naïve, I unconsciously swept their behavior under the rug in an attempt to gain valuable experience.

As my skill-set grew, I became disillusioned with my own attempts to lead. Emulating a combination of previous managers, who overall, seemed successful, led to followers who appeared blatantly angry, humiliated, and hostile. Advised not to take it personally, I couldn’t help but wonder what I was doing wrong and how I could change. With a warrior mentality, I read every work regarding leadership I could find and studied leaders as if by doing so I could internalize their success merely by being in their presence.

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About our founder

About our founder

Hollan McBride, M.A.

Social Media Marketing, Content and Engagement Strategist

Hollan has more than 15 years of experience in sustainable business strategy, leadership development, organizational learning, talent management, sales, marketing and social media networking. Hollan built her career in hospitality with extensive experience in luxury resorts and highly acclaimed hotels, spas, retailers, restaurants, and wineries.

She aspires to lead as an agent of social change especially in the areas of sustainability, social and environmental justice, and corporate social responsibility.

 

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Kindness Matters…or does it?

Kindness Matters…or does it?

To be kind … or not to be kind?  That is the question!

Everyday, we encounter countless opportunities to be a good example for others. Perhaps, you do random acts of kindness:

  • Let people ahead of you in the grocery line
  • Smile at strangers
  • Pay someone’s toll going over the bridge or pay road

There is value in treating family with the same patience and support as you would a stranger!

  • Wait patiently while your daughter fixes her hair…again
  • Answer your husband or wife’s phone call using a loving tone
  • Call your parents or grandparents just to see how they are doing

Do you extend this same level of consideration to your colleagues at work? Or is there more competition than collaboration?

"The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people."

— Theodore Roosevelt
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