Ep. 122: Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal - Setbacks are a Feature, Not a Bug


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Sep 02 2020 51 mins   4

How to nurture a healthy relationship with life experiences, particularly undesirable, uncomfortable or unfavorable ones, is best captured in Pema Chodron’s quote “Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.” However, setbacks may lead to more setbacks for those with under-developed executive function including a lack of self-awareness, rigidity and a failure to problem solve. 

On this episode, the former Head of Executive Leadership Development at Nike and author of “Flourish or Fold: The Five Practices of Particularly Resilient People” Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal discusses ways to leverage the wisdom gleaned from decades of research on resilience. She shares how each and everyone of us can prioritize strengthening resilience through a shift in mindset and by inculcating specific practices so that we can rise above personal adversities.

About Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal
Dr. Taryn Marie is a foremost international expert on resilience, in both leadership and life. She is the author of “Flourish or Fold: The Five Practices of Particularly Resilient People”, and is featured in the forthcoming documentary Breaking Free, both expected to release in 2021. She is the former Head of Executive Leadership Development at Nike, Global Leadership Development at Cigna, and founded Resilience Leadership, where she serves as the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), leveraging over a decade of research on resilience, that gave birth to the empirically-based framework, The Five Practices of Particularly Resilient People, for executive coaching, top-team effectiveness, high potential leadership programs and workshops, and inspirational keynote addresses. She is a sought-after coach for executives, athletes, musicians, and actors who are looking for an edge by way of understanding and harnessing their inherent resilience.

Dr. Taryn Marie is a Co-Founder of Resilience Element 75 (RE75), focused on making resilience accessible to the world through film and wearable technology as well as serving as one of Marshall Goldsmith’s Top 100 Coaches across the globe. Her groundbreaking research on resilience has been featured in publications such as Ariana Huffington’s Thrive Global, Ladders, LA Progressive, and Women’s Daily Magazine, on television broadcasts, and featured online by Happify, eMindful, and Powerful Universe.

Dr. Stejskal received an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Michigan along with a master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and a doctorate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. She completed pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at Virginia Commonwealth Medical University. She serves as an ambassador for The African Community and Conservation Foundation (ACCF) as well as several non- and for-profit boards.

Website: 

  • http://www.resilience-leadership.com/ 


About Host, Sucheta Kamath
Sucheta Kamath, is an award-winning speech-language pathologist, a TEDx speaker, a celebrated community leader, and the founder and CEO of ExQ®. As an EdTech entrepreneur, Sucheta has designed ExQ's personalized digital learning curriculum/tool that empowers middle and high school students to develop self-awareness and strategic thinking skills through the mastery of Executive Function and social-emotional competence.

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