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Resiliency is People

Change is a constant–perhaps no more so than right now–and the change we’re living with is the perfect storm of volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA), and it’s fast.  Change, the VUCA way, seems to be the next normal, so we need to learn to deal with it.

In this month’s Parking & Mobility magazine, Ron Steedly, CAPP, MEd, manager of transportation services at Texas A&M University, takes on resiliency in a VUCA world, and why it’s people who make the difference. He dives into successful change, resiliency, and the aha moment that showed him how to make the VUCA a strength–and how you can as well.

Read the whole story here. Steedly offers fantastic lessons you won’t want to miss (and there’s more coming at this summer’s IPMI Mobility & Innovation Summit!).

Good Luck

Four-leaf clover with a sunset behind it.By Kathleen Federici, MEd

With the pandemic still among us, it may be difficult for us to think about good luck. In my family, we try to make the most out of the holidays of the month. I use “holidays” loosely during some months, basically as a potentially fun escape from the ordinary. March is typically known for St. Patrick’s Day, four-leaf clovers, leprechauns, and good luck. The leprechaun story says capturing these small creatures will secure a wee bit of luck in addition to three wishes.

During pre-COVID times, my daughter was in Irish dance classes; this will be her second canceled St. Patrick’s Day parade. It is difficult for her to think of good luck when she has been looking forward to dancing in the Wilmington, Del., parade that has now been canceled for the second year in a row. It is a life lesson to turn these setbacks around and try to create your own good luck. For example, I explain to her that she can dance for the neighbors or family members outside if she wants to dance in full costume.

We show our resiliency by trying to work through disappointment and make our own fun and good luck. Our friend from Scotland bought us a gratitude jar and every night we place a small piece of paper in that jar on which we’ve written what we were grateful for that day. On the weekends, I ask the kids what they want to do or accomplish over the weekend and we try to make those goals happen. The goal could be as simple as play a board game, watch WandaVision, go skiing, or go on a hike. Unfortunately, their goal never is to clean their rooms, which results in bad luck for me.

Tennessee Williams put it nicely when he said, “Luck is believing you’re lucky.” Having faith that you are a lucky person actually makes you more likely to notice opportunities and be in a position to take advantage of them. Thomas Jefferson said, “I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”

So, during this March month, I hope we all can take a moment to create our own good luck. You deserve it! And if you happen to catch a leprechaun, well, that’s an extra boost of luck–have fun with your wishes!

Kathleen Federici, MEd, is IPMI’s director of professional development.

Going from Grand to Ground

By Kathleen Federici, MEd

As we approach the holiday season, I typically look forward to attending our schools’ holiday concerts. I had no expectation of attending one this year even though both of my children are in band. My nine-year-old plays the clarinet, cello, and piano. Yes, the cello is larger than her entire body. My 12-year-old plays the baritone horn and has the most wonderful music teacher in the world, in my opinion. In April 2020, she got him a gig at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, center stage at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, playing alongside the first female tuba player of a major symphony orchestra in the world, Carol Jantsch. I got a ticket for every single person in my family, even those from out of state, to attend. Alas, COVID happened and this did not. Devastation does not describe how we felt.

I was elated when his music teacher (the most wonderful music teacher in the world) recently sent an email saying the school would have a holiday concert this year. It is BYOC (bring your own chair) and will be outside in Pennsylvania, in freezing cold December weather. She got enthusiastic agreement from her neighbors to host it outside on her front lawn before dark; the audience will be across the street on her neighbors’ lawn and we shall freeze and listen to wonderful holiday music while wearing masks and sitting six to seven feet apart.

This concert is not as grand as the one at the one we were to attend at the Kimmel Center but the resiliency of having it speaks to me regarding the times we are living. Having resiliency means capturing a positive attitude and staying connected. Going from grand to ground is nothing less than a demonstration of being resilient in a challenging time.

I hope your holiday season remains resilient and you find a way to stay connected to those you love.

Kathleen Federici, MEd, is IPMI’s director of professional development.