Be Decisive in Adverse Situations

Web Psychology

Adverse situations are a fact of life, but passively wishing for them to resolve on their own rarely works. The better strategy is to face them head-on with both resilience and decisiveness

“Being decisive requires resilience in the moment,” explains Joanie B. Connell, Ph.D. of Flexible Work Solutions. She describes resilience as “being able to stay strong and positive in the face of adversity.” Everyone deals with tough situations in life, but people who are resilient can handle the hardships better.

Read the whole article: Be Decisive in Adverse Situations

Job Search Radio – How to Prepare Young People for Work and Life HostJob Search Radio Interview with Jeff Altman

On this show, Jeff interviews Dr. Joanie B. Connell, author of Flying without a Helicopter: How to Prepare Young People for Work and Life, ​about how to prepare your sons and/or daughters for work (and life). It was an interview that resonated with him, as the father of a soon-to-be 15-year-old first year of high school student.

Finding Happiness in your Career

Rhodes to Success with Jessica Rhodes

On this episode of Rhodes to Success, Jessica interviews Dr. Joanie Connell. During the show, Jessica and Joanie discuss helicopter parenting, generational differences in the workplace, what makes a great leader, how to help employees be resilient, and how to find a career that excites you.

Main Questions Asked:

  • What are the pros and cons of helicopter parenting?
  • Talk about millennial and generational challenges in the work place.
  • Comment on how different generations figure out how to be happy in their career.
  • Do you think the transition from employee to contractor jobs help people find a work/life balance?
  • What does it take to be a successful leader?
  • How do you teach employees to take on leadership roles?
  • What can we do to help our employees be more resilient?
  • How can people find a career that excites them?

Being Greatful

If you ever get the chance to hear Dr. Gary Krahn speak, take it. Not only is he a great speaker, he inspires greatness. In fact, his vision as head of La Jolla Country Day School is to “inspire greatness for a better world.”

The first time I heard Dr. Krahn speak was at an education conference this spring. I was riveted. It was no yawner of a lecture. He asked us to think about the world and what was important in it. He shared his experiences building a university in Afghanistan and his experiences with the challenges women face in attaining an education there. He talked to us about how the brain is wired to see what it wants to see and challenged us to check our biases and be more watchful of what information we are taking in.

This was a conference on K-12 education. Dr. Krahn raised it from an ordinary, acceptable experience to a great one. He tends to do that.

He talked about greatness more recently at a Town Hall Meeting at La Jolla Country Day School. In unveiling the new strategic direction of the school, he explained that greatness does not come by accident. You have to be deliberate in your choices and actions to be great.

In Dr. Krahn’s words:

Research has shown that the most successful people on the planet were not smarter than their counterparts in their field. They did, however, have four distinctions.


  • They encountered advantages along the way in the form of access and mentors.
  • They were raised in an environment to question “what is” and challenge the norm.


  • They had a stronger work ethic.
  • They were people of character.

Two things stand out to me here. First, you don’t have to be the smartest person in the room to be great. Second, it takes hard work to be great. Not only does it require a strong work ethic, but it involves being a person of character. That means doing the right thing and not being lazy and slipping up—also hard.

For many of us, greatness in the big sense is too much work and sacrifice. And that’s okay! But we can endeavor to be the best that we can be and strive for greatness in our own way. Being great doesn’t necessarily mean being one of the most successful people on the planet. It can take the form of being a great parent or boss, or being a great programmer or team player, or even a great friend.

In the coming weeks, you will hear a lot about being grateful. I challenge you to be greatful.