A Good Confidant, Part 1

When I talk to clients in my role as a LifeMatters counselor, one thing I always want to explore is how good their system of support is. It can tell you a lot about how someone relates to others and about how they handle difficulty. Some people have lots of family and friends to rely…

Arbor Continuity and Black Swan Solutions Form Strategic Alliance

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/02/prweb12542011.htm SAN DIEGO, Calif. (PRWEB) February 25, 2015 Arbor Continuity, provider of holistic business continuity solutions and consulting, has announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with Black Swan Solutions, a leading provider of services that help organizations prepare for and respond to critical situations from data breaches to mass casualty events. Black Swan Solutions’…

Traveling an Alternate Path

When I finished graduate school 24 years ago, I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do with my career and very specific goals – but I haven’t actually done anything that I’d initially planned. If I’d wanted to, I could have gone right into the kind of job I was envisioning when…

Our Changing World

As we begin the New Year, I find it fascinating to think about how are lives have changed over the past several decades with the introduction of cell phones, social networking, and Internet availability, among other things. It seems as if these tools have been a part of our lives forever, although while this may…

Opening Your World Through Reading

During the last three months of 2014, I was taking a class. With work and volunteer responsibilities, attending class, required reading and writing papers and presentations, I easily over-filled my schedule. It wasn’t the first time I’d taken up something really good only to have the requirements get on top of me, but this time…

What is the Defect of Your Virtue?

It’s an odd way to think about virtues. You don’t usually think of them as possibly defective, but isn’t it true that any good thing can be taken too far and become a bad thing? Think of the person with leadership qualities. His role is to take charge, but he can be overbearing if he…

What Have You Got to Work With?

In an interview, a famous singer made some self-deprecating remarks about her singing, specifically about having a limited vocal range. She was right about that. Nobody would ever call her a “belter”. She doesn’t hit the highs or the lows like some do, and never finishes her songs with a dazzling note held at length…

Black Swan Solutions Launches Mobile Database to Enhance Organizational Crisis Response

Black Swan Solutions Launches Mobile Database to Enhance Organizational Crisis Response Black Swan Solutions has announced a mobile database designed to enhance organizational crisis response. This new feature was created to help organizations support employees and customers affected by a crisis. Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) October 23, 2014 Black Swan Solutions, a business unit of Empathia…

Oh, That Word!

I am bedeviled by a word. Perhaps I exaggerate a bit. After all, you might wonder if a single word can really create that much difficulty. Well, I’ll tell you that it can. When I’ve got a tough decision to make, this word can really nag at me, cost me a lot of emotional energy…

Pushing Beyond Your Comfort Zone

As I write this, my last vacation for the year is coming up, and with two weeks to go, the final preparations begin. It’s at the two-week point that I print out what I call my “camping list”, an itemized checklist of everything that must be done and packed in order to make my trip…