Sisu Not Silence

Emilia Lahti, who is gaining international attention for her efforts against abuse invites you to be part of Sisu Not Silence.

sisuWhat is Sisu, you ask?

Sisu is a Finnish word that cannot be translated easily into the English language, loosely translated to mean stoic determination, gritbravery, guts, resilienceperseverance and hardiness, expressing the historic self-identified Finnish national character.

Sisu is about taking action against the odds and displaying courage and resoluteness in the face of adversity. Deciding on a course of action and then sticking to that decision against repeated failures is Sisu. It is similar to equanimity, with the addition of a grim quality of stress management. The pertaining adjective is sisukas, “having the quality of Sisu“.

“Having guts” is a fairly literal translation, as the word derives from sisus, which means something inner or interior. One closely related concept to Sisu is grit; which shares some of its denoting elements with Sisu, save for “stress management” and passion for a long-term goal. Sisu may have an element of passion but it is not always present,[5] unlike in the case of grit as defined by Dr. Angela Duckworth.

As Emilia says, “I invite you to be an early adopter and supporter of a social impact movement called Sisu not Silence. It seeks to dismantle systems that allow verbal, physical or any other type of abuse to thrive not only within our relationships and families (which is the main focus) but also on the web in the form of cyber-violence, or within our schools, work places, academia, legal system etc. I know these are not fun topics to discuss but the price for ignoring them is way too high.”  Learn more on Facebook and on Emilia’s website.

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About Shannon Polly, MAPP

Shannon M. Polly is a corporate communications trainer, facilitator and speaker and founder of Shannon Polly & Associates, a leadership development company in downtown D.C. Shannon works with executives, managers and employees of Fortune 500 companies in two areas: executive presence/presentation skills (based on over a decade of experience as a professional actor/singer in New York) and positive psychology. Shannon is one the first 100 people in the world who have received her Master in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) degree from the University of Pennsylvania under Dr. Martin Seligman. She also holds a graduate degree from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in classical acting and a B.A. with honors from Yale University. She also holds a coaching certificate from the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program.

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