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Building Emotional Resilience for Crisis Situations w/ Dr. Liz Royle

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Building Emotional Resilience for Crisis Situations w/ Dr. Liz Royle

Join Me Thursday, April 20/23 at 1pm on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel!

Many organizations face challenges when it comes to applying creating emotional resilience for crisis situations. I speak with a founding member of the UK Psychological Trauma Society, internationally published author, Dr. Liz Royle.

Dr. Royle talks to us about:

1. People before ‘the plan’,

2. People and trauma,

3. Fears,

4. The 3 R’s (Resistance, Resilience, Recovery),

5. Crisis Team membership,

6. ‘The Ripple Effect’,

7. Areas of Risk…and lots more.

Dr Royle provides allot of insight into how we can create emotional resilience by creating and utilizing some innovative human recovery processes during crisis situations. Some may believe having a disaster response plan is enough, but there’s a human aspect that doesn’t seem to get enough attention. Dr. Royle sheds light on what’s missing and how we can address it. Enjoy!


Change Management for Risk Professionals w/ Dr. James Leflar

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Change Management for Risk Professionals w/ Dr. James Leflar

Join me Dec 8/22 at 1pm EST!

Change Management can be a major factor in determining risk mitigation factors and projects & program management activities. I talk with Business Continuity, Change Management, and Risk Management expert, and “Change Management for Risk Professional” author, Dr. James Leflar.

In our talk we discuss:

1. Why Change Mgmt. should be important to Risk Professionals,

2. Defining a “change agent”,

3. The types of ‘change’ we should be aware of,

4. Change drivers,

5. Define Organization Resilience Management (ORM),

6. Personal change management, and why it’s important,

7. Change Management vs. Project Management,

8. Recommendations for dealing with change denial and resistance,

9. How risk can be a positive and negative, and

10. Communicating change.

James provides lots of insights on Change Management, and how if we don’t get it right, we run a great risk of having our projects / change initiatives failing…badly. Enjoy!

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Take Your Power Back Now – Overcome Fear

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Take Your Power Back Now – Overcome Fear

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Stuck in an abusive relationship for 8 years with a man who nearly killed her one night in a hotel room, Vanessa Simpkins turned her story of tragedy into triumph with her #1 Best Selling Book “Take Your Power Back Now! How to Overcome Your Resistance to Creating a Life You LOVE! The Ultimate Confidence Guide for Women!” which has been featured on FOX, NBC and CBS morning shows.
Tune in Wed 11am PST on the Empowerment Channel with host April J. Ford on You Are Not Alone – How To Rise Above Life’s Challenges.

Empathy: What it is and why it matters

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Empathy: What it is and why it matters


David Howe – author of Empathy: What it is and why it matters – joins Lou Agosta on A Rumor of Empathy for a conversation about empathy. David begins with the idea that empathy humanizes people and their relationships. Empathy is about our shared humanity.
This includes but is bigger than the idea that an experience or feeling is communicated for the one person to the other. Without the other person, one loses one’s humanity. One is left without vitality, aliveness, or energy. In short, needs the other person to be fully alive.
When all is said and done, empathy makes us better and should be promoted in child, adults, and community. It is not that anyone else ever thought that empathy made us worse as persons. That would be silly. Yet Heinz Kohut emphasized the aspect of empathy as a scientific form of data gathering about other persons that is value neutral and precisely ambiguous as to its social relevance. As Kohut famously said, empathy is “vicarious introspection,” in which one has a vicarious experience of the other’s feeling as if one were in the theatre or cinema. Thus, accordingly empathy could be mis-used as exemplified by the “empathic” Nazi who used it the better to control, dominate, and manipulate the would-be victims. Such misfirings and misuses or empathy remain a risk – and a point of debate – and presumably motivate the need for the explicit development of positive empathy in children, adults, and the community. This raises the question of whether empathy can be taught at all. Howe definitely advocates trying. My thought in this regards runs along lines sketched out by Carl Rogers about psychotherapy in general. With a few exceptions, people are naturally empathic and have to be inhibited, limited, and constrained. Much of education teaches compliance, rule following, and conformity, not necessarily cooperation and individualism. Therefore, the “training” in adults consists in removing the inhibitions towards openness and communication, allowing the empathic tendencies to resume their natural unfolding and development. Resistance to empathy may seem counter-intuitive, yet is pervasive and a source of resignation and cynicism. In the cases of children, presumably education should be attentive the ways empathy is inhibited and suppressed in order to produce conformity and compliance where the latter are not really needed. By all means, keep one’s hands to oneself and respect boundaries. But be open to empathy in navigating across the boundaries between self and other in a way consistent with integrity and completeness. Speaking personally as the author of three books on empathy, this is the book that I wish I had written. I hasten to add that my own works are excellent and everyone should read them, too, but Howe provides an accessible read is also rigorous and that will be relevant to a general audience. When all is said and done, when all the diagnostic categories are attached and philosophical arguments completed, in empathy, one is simply in the presence of another human being.


Replay for this episode of “A Rumor of Empathy” is now Available on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel.

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