Taryn Stejskal, Ph.D.

Head, Leadership Development, Executive Programs, & Coaching, Cigna

Award-winning high-energy doctoral-level talent development leader with extensive expertise in the design and delivery of high impact talent management processes including: assessment, leadership development, executive coaching, mentorship, selection processes, high potential identification and programs, competency analysis and validation, and succession planning. Partners with key stakeholders and business leaders in order to create strategic vision and implement operationally effective solutions. Values relationships and serves as a sought after trusted advisor to senior leadership; is passionate about developing people to be their very best in order to enhance the organization's success. A change leader with a proven track record of systemic transformation at the individual, team, and enterprise levels. Exemplary communication skills, especially in areas of facilitation, the ability to deliver persuasive presentations, one-on-one and to diverse groups; fluent in assessment methodology, survey design, analytics, and research methods.

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Flourish or Flop: The Five Practices of Particularly Resilient People

“Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.” – Pema Chodron

In the face of adversity, why do some people flourish, while others fold? The essential condition required to live a flourishing life is not found in the absence of adversity, but rather in a person’s response to difficulty.

Here’s what resilience is NOT:

Merely bouncing back, resilience is dramatically more than elasticity.

A mentality of “this too shall pass.” As Andy Warhol said, “Time changes things, but you have to change them yourself.”

Adversity is a trip we take. Resilience paves the road. Resilience is, as Rumi said, “the business of being human,” the willingness to endure hardship, and, as a result, to allow ourselves be fundamentally and forever changed. In return for our effort, we receive gifts of enhanced confidence, strength, wisdom, and compassion.

After working with hundreds of extraordinary leaders, ...

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