TED Talks and More

Resilience is not something you get more of, it is something you become through greater self-awareness and practice.  Here is a great way to look at resilience in action.

Gratitude is something we can put into practice every day to both increase our resilience and remember to keep things in perspective.


In one of my favorite TED Talks, Benjamin Zander enthusiastically reminds us how we as leaders have the power to transform how we are showing up at work and in our lives.  Just as a conductor leads his or her orchestra to perform at their highest potential, we as leaders have the ability and privilege to awaken possibilities in those around us.  The talk is worth watching in its entirety; however, you can go to minute 16:40 to hear his wisdom on a surprisingly simple formula for measuring your success as a leader.

In another TED Talk, here’s a fascinating story about a brain scientist who suffers a stroke and is able to watch her own brain functions of motion, speech, memory and self-awareness shut down one-by-one. She tells an amazing story of how she lost all concept of what it was to be “Jill Bolte Taylor” and about the possibility of coming back from brain injury stronger than before.

There’s a Hole in my Sidewalk
Autobiography in Five Short Chapters
by Portia Nelson

Chapter one

i walk down the street

there is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

i fall in.

i am lost…i am helpless.

it isn’t my fault.

it takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter two

I walk down the street.

there is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

i pretend that i don’t see it.

i fall in again.

i can’t believe i am in this same place.

but, it isn’t my fault.

it still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter three

I walk down the same street.

there is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

i see it is there.

I still fall in…it’s a habit…but, my

eyes are open.

I know where I am.

It is my fault.

I get out immediately.

Chapter four

I walk down the same street.

there is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

i walk around it.

Chapter five

I walk down another street.