Two major life events have consumed and defined my year 2014: completion of The DNA of the Resilient Organization and the passing of my father, Robert Joseph Van Handel. They are surely the heaviest impact events of my life. In working on both areas today, I was hit by the realization that the most important… Continue reading “Good Interpersonal Communication – Without It You Can’t Be Successful at Home or at Work”
Fear is a potential problem with any change or new direction. The reaction to fear is what differentiates organizations that consistently succeed with their initiatives. Fear can disable us or spur us to creative action. When people and organizations respond negatively to fear, the fear factor becomes a stronger force in the environment and a… Continue reading The Major Obstacle to Successful Change – FEAR
The DNA of the Resilient Organization is out and selling across the country – from Bangor, Maine to Corpus Christi, Texas and from Minot, North Dakota to Gainesville, Florida! Even more surprising, people are reading about the book on our blog from 36 countries, including Brazil (with 1/3 of the U.S. reader numbers for the… Continue reading The DNA of the Resilient Organization – Selling Across The Country!
I recently saw a documentary film that chronicled the birth, then analyzed the reasons for the rapid death of this fascinating, idealistic community in Oregon's spectacular high desert country. Through the film, I relived my exposure to the development of this grand endeavor. “In 1981, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, a spiritual leader from India, and thousands of his disciples, set out to… Continue reading Rajneeshpuram — Leadership Run Amok!
There is no magic bullet. But, there is a way to improve resilience constantly while making changes more efficiently and sustainably. Changes don’t stick unless the people in your organization want them to happen. And people don’t want changes to happen unless they truly believe it will be successful and will benefit the organization, their department… Continue reading What’s greater than a Magic Bullet?
With all the focus lately on people living and working longer, why are we still focused only on unusually successful young performers? Isn’t it about time we feature and applaud those who are still innovating, creating and achieving at later ages? There are amazing examples out there, in greater and greater numbers. It’s well known… Continue reading Growing in Wisdom and Strength – Why Are We Still So Obsessed with Youth?
The first Workshop on The DNA of the Resilient Organization was last week! It was the alpha-test workshop. It included an overview of the road to Resilience and interactive discussions of a few parts of the resilience DNA: the all-important Vision, the Pathway to Improvement/Goal, Increasing Wisdom and Strength = Unity. The reaction of participants… Continue reading The First Workshop – The DNA of the Resilient Organization
“This is a gem! The content and Sandra’s presentation on it was at the level of having Jim Collins speak.” Steve Harpham, Living Waters Financial Advisors and Former Controller, UPS “In The DNA of the Resilient Organization, Sandra has written what I consider to be one of the best and most useful books I have… Continue reading The DNA of the Resilient Organization Is Out and Available!
What an amazing acceptance speech today from Janet Yellen, new Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Bank (FRB). Janet is a woman I totally trust and respect immensely. The speech is amazing because her comments parallel many concepts I deeply believe in and also because I know Janet's uncompromising follow-through on what she says she will… Continue reading Marvelous Acceptance Speech Promises from Janet Yellen
In this year of special meaning to women in Oregon, I have been thinking about Women in Communications (WIC) and their wonderful Abigail Scott Duniway award. I was so honored to be the first business woman to receive this award in 1989. What happened to WIC and to this important award? Do either still exist?… Continue reading Women’s Equality Achieved?