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  The Reorg Rag (with apologies to no one)
by Mark Gorkin - Jun, 2016
The Reorg Rag “The Reorg Rag” was first penned in the early ‘90s, as decentralization and downsizing was sweeping the federal institutions in Washington. In 2010 and now today, it’s “déjà vu” all over again. Talk of budget cuts, furloughs, RIFs (Reduction in Force), and sequester along with Congressional inertia (or is it small-minded yet “strategic incompetence?”) never goes out of style. The disorienting, existential t...
 
  "Cutting Edge" Strategies for Reorganizing or Downsizing
by Mark Gorkin - Jun, 2016
“Cutting-Edge” Strategies for Reorganizing or Downsizing: The Stress Doc’s Top Ten Tips for Tip-Top Management Warning: This satire may be hazardous to the ironically impaired. We inhabit an era of organizational restructuring or downsizing, or better still, rightsizing, or most on target, what I call “frightsizing.” The challenge for top management is having the savvy and guts to gut much of your workforce while stil...
 
  Top 10 Stress Resilience Tools & Techniques for Surviving Trauma, Transition, and Everyday Stress
by Mark Gorkin - May, 2016
This past year we have witnessed how imbalances and stressors in nature may suddenly erupt producing devastating consequences. While not as cataclysmic, work-family-life imbalances and pressures may manifest in confusing, overwhelming and destructive, even life-threatening, emotions and behaviors. As one Nepali community leader articulated: “We too will erupt if our life gets out of balance, if we deplete ourselves, run our...
 
  When Humility Frees Creativity
by Mark Gorkin - Mar, 2016
It was a humbling week for this word artist. A couple of years ago I formulated the phrase “High Tech & Human Touch.” Technology was now so large and omnipresent, “high task” had become a downgraded Pluto in the Stress Doc’s cultural-lexical alliterative universe. In fact, a proposed workshop-retreat program title developed with friend and colleague, Liz Gibson, was: Bridging the High Tech & Human Touch Divide. Clearly, a...
 
  The Art of Letting Go: A CRE-iterative Process and Virtual Synergy Dynamic
by Mark Gorkin - Oct, 2015
Why should I be sending a streamlined version of my recent essay titled, Generating Virtual Synergy: Turning the Iterative into the Creative? Why the need to rework it? To answer these questions, I must traverse the pragmatic to the psychological. Hopefully such (psycho)-analysis will provide another window into the iterative process. A concrete motivator was an editor of ORATE Speakers Bureau Website saying they are mo...
 
  How to Talk to the Bully: Disarming Workplace Bullying
by Mark Gorkin - Jun, 2015
Prologue: As many of you know, when I write about bullying or trauma in general it comes from my personal well, including several years of childhood bully trauma: stricken by shame, taunted by peers but mostly stalked by my own lurking fear and helplessness, a constant struggle to concentrate, unaware of my smoldering depression, subliminal rage, and omnipresent mask. Then there was the nuclear tension and family secrets (e....
 
  Keys to Strengthening Buy-in, Trust and Team Coordination in a Generationally-Culturally Diverse (Military) Workforce
by Mark Gorkin - Jul, 2010
I'm preparing for a major offsite event with the Command Teams of the 1st Cavalry/Ft. Hood, TX. I've been asked to explore new (for me) conceptual territory -- Generational Diversity. More specifically, the Army wants me to provide some fresh ideas and exercises for "Communicating with the Younger Soldier." To oversimplify matters: how can the predominant generations in authority -- the Traditionals and Boomers -- connect wi...
 
  Letting Go of RIF-ed Off Rage: Survival Stages & Strategies for Soon-to-Be Terminated Employees
by Mark Gorkin - Apr, 2010
One way I know that the economy is still in trouble is by speaking topic requests: a) recently I wrote about an after-dinner presentation on “Letting Go” for a career transition support group; to be tactful, many folks were “in between” jobs and b) two weeks ago I led a program on managing stress for county government employees who, due to budget cuts, have either been notified of a specific future termination date or know th...
 
  In Challenging Times, No More “Inner Child”: Boldly Bring Your Inner Chutzpah
by Mark Gorkin - Feb, 2010
Over lunch, my agent posed a provocative challenge: “Write an article on chutzpah.” He believes the timing is right. In this difficult economy and uncertain times it’s certainly tempting to withdraw into a shell. But a better strategy might be a contrary one, throwing off the shell and putting yourself out there. One “chutzpah” source involves productively tapping into what I call the “RAGE” in “Out-RAGE-ous.” (And these...
 
  Laughing in the Face of Layoffs
by Mark Gorkin - Feb, 2010
"How can the person displaced or downsized see both the danger and opportunity in career change or disruption? Can we learn, even, to both cry and laugh at this career crisis turning point?" To be able to see the comic in the crisis requires two achievements. First we must embrace Charlie Chaplin's penetrating insight: "A paradoxical thing is that in making comedy the tragic is precisely what arouses the funny...we have...
 
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