Adam Markel

More Love Media, Inc.

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Resilience: Vaccine for Pandemic Change

Adam explains what it means to be resilient in the face of chronic change — and what business leaders and individuals can do to build resilience and leverage opportunities in chaotic times.

The Power of Choice to Overcome Stress

Researchers have found that our negative perception of stress is more dangerous to our health and happiness than the stress itself. Adam discusses how we can proactively choose our path to change our relationship with stress and upheaval.

Want to Be Change Proof? “Embrace the Suck.”

Navy SEALs train for situations that can go catastrophically wrong, even when they do everything right. Adam explains how this principle applies to life and business leadership. “When we seek uncertain situations, where failure is not only possible, but likely, we build our resilience reserves for the times when uncertainty seeks us.”

New Research: Hovering Near Burnout

More than 3,000 business leaders and executives have taken Adam’s Resilient Leader Assessment. More than a third scored in the “red zone” where chronic stress and change have rendered them vulnerable to acute events. The average score of 64 means many are close to burnout, but also “small, incremental changes will lead to exponential growth,” Adam explains.

Warning Signs of Burnout

It’s estimated that burnout costs the world economy $500 billion every year. A comprehensive 2016 study of athletes identified three primary symptoms of burnout. Adam explains what they are, why they apply to everyone, and how we can address them before they become acute.

Pain Points of Perpetual Change

Anxiety about the future of your job or business. A feeling of increasing workload and decreasing time. Worry for the future of your children. From his work with thousands of people around the world, Adam explains why these feelings have become ubiquitous — and how we can manage them.

The Hidden Cause of Pandemic Stress

Adam’s bestselling book “Pivot” was about how to create a “Plan B” for seismic shifts in life. The pandemic drew his attention to a different kind of change. Small, unpredictable, and continuous shifts that require us to make decisions and take action can add up to a feeling of near-constant, uncontrollable change that can erode our health, wealth, and happiness. He explains how to identify and manage these “micro-pivots.”

3 Steps to Make Friends With Change

All over the world, in every culture, those leveraging uncertainty are the people and businesses that don’t resist change when it happens. They develop new relationships. They ride the new situations instead of panicking. Adam shares how “Pause, Ask, Choose” empowers us to become a “resilient agent of change, instead of a victim of it.”

Markers of Resilience: Do You Have What It Takes to Survive and Thrive?

Researchers interviewed people who had experienced traumatic events like war, sexual abuse, terrorism, and natural disasters to discover how they dealt with the awful things that happened to them. Adam shares the 14 markers of resilience they found, along with practical, actionable steps we can take to build resilience before we need it.

4 Building Blocks of Harmony vs. the Myth of Balance

Don’t hurry. Don’t worry. Don’t condemn. Don’t resent. Adam explains how these principles help us achieve “harmony,” and why this is much more important than the “myth” of balance.

Recovery Rituals: Build Your Resilience Bank Account

Building small, daily resilience habits are a simple, easy way of “depositing” resilience before you need to “spend” it. Adam explains how.

How to Change Proof Your Organization

Organizations deal with consequences of chronic stress just like the people in them. It’s your job as a leader to diagnose these stresses before a crisis. Regular rest and recovery means that when disruptions come to you and your people, you’ll be able to weather the storms. Adam discusses how leaders build resilient organizations.

The Key to Mental Resilience

We run through all the bad things that have happened in our past and when we’re not doing that, we’re thinking of all the bad things that might happen in the future. Adam calls it “our personal version of “doom scrolling.” He shares why the key to mental resilience is realizing that all we can control in life is how we respond to events.

Lighten Up! A Meditation for Leaders.

Emotionally resilient people are actively calm and when active, they’re calm. They’re aware. They’re present. They know that carrying emotion is heavy, and they seem to move through the world like they’re lighter. Adam shares his 3-4 Method for breathing to let go of feelings that hinder our growth potential.

Code of Conduct: Create the Algorithm of Your Day

Adam tells how to fine-tune your emotional programming to become the conscious creator of your life experience in 10 to 20 minutes a day. “It’s about making a fundamental choice of how you start out your day, which will lead to fundamental freedom.”

The Myth of Authenticity

Authenticity is a buzzword that gets thrown around a lot these days. In fact, it gets thrown around so much that it’s starting to become meaningless. Adam explains why “the most devastating lies are the ones we tell ourselves” — and how being willing to share vulnerability transformers leaders and organizations.

“We’ll Figure It Out”: Lessons in Love, Marriage, and Business

Business leaders often expect their teams to be mind-readers. If you’re willing to be radically honest and transparent about your expectations of yourself and your team, then you’re going to be resilient. This applies doubly to relationships, because that’s where you face the most change and the most uncertainty. Adam tells how his wife’s encouragement and support helped him find a new life and career after he hit the wall of burnout as a hard-driving attorney.

Resilience Rituals: Key to Thriving Through Chaos

Adam defines resilience as the ability to thrive — mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally — regardless of what may be happening in your environment. He shares self-care rituals people can use to energize their minds and bodies so they are better able to meet whatever challenges they face.

How Businesses Can Cope Through COVID-19

A leading international keynote speaker, Adam — like all of us — faced the changed world of social distancing and cancelled events and gatherings. As CEO of More Love Media, he explains how he is using virtual media, and training other leaders to do the same, to build unity, connection, and teamwork.

Finding the Blessing in Disguise

Throughout history, innovative leaders have been able to create opportunities during times of great upheaval and disruption. Adam discusses how the present crisis provides opportunities to build our resilience through self-reflection, self-care, and attention to relationships — and how these practices can help to recognize, utilize, and embrace the unique opportunities before us.

Are You Resilient Enough? Take This Quiz.

Adam developed his free Resilient Leader Assessment to help people discover how resilient they are and identify red flags. The three-minute quiz is designed to gauge the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual realms of human resilience.

The Art of the Reframe

At a time when many of us are in a state of anxiety about what the future holds, Adam shares how people and organizations can “learn how to learn” by seeing situations as they are and asking one question: “What is the creative opportunity now?” He explains how this allows us to find meaning in the moment and create a path to the future.

Business Lessons From the Lifeguard Stand

From his TEDX talk, Adam shares how the lessons he learned as a young lifeguard allowed him to pivot in his life and career — and how these lessons can help anyone adapt and thrive through times of massive change.

The P.I.V.O.T. Formulate: Create a Culture of Resilience

After building a multi-million-dollar law firm, Adam turned a mid-life crisis into a mid-life calling, pivoting his own career path to become CEO of one of the largest business and personal growth training companies in the world. He spent over a decade leading programs around the globe in business and entrepreneurship, resilience, leadership, transformation, relationships, and public speaking. He shares heart-centered principles for building resilience from his talks and his bestselling book, “Pivot: The Art & Science of Reinventing Your Career and Life.”

How Organizations Can Create Meaningful Contact Now

Research has shown that virtual learning environments provide ways for us to learn faster and remember more of what we have learned. From his work as CEO of More Love Media, Adam shares how business leaders can use online resources to help people embrace and execute change, cultivate work cultures of greater unity and resilience, and strengthen their voice as purpose-driven leaders.

6 Steps to Renewal in Reentry

Adam shares six steps that can help people and companies build resilience and teamwork as they regroup in the wake of the pandemic.

Reframing What It Means to Pivot

The word pivot used to be associated with failure: You ran out of money and runway, and couldn’t monetize your business model fast enough, so you had to pivot. Author of the bestselling book “Pivot: The Art & Science of Reinventing Your Career and Life,” Adam explains how the term has evolved, and the difference between pivoting by default and pivoting by design.
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