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Why? Do I Have To? - Clear and Open

Why? Do I Have To?

When is it okay to question authority? It’s a question that causes a lot of confusion in a business culture. There’s a core belief that’s hard to shake: the idea that you “have” to do whatever your boss tells you. Any manager will say they’d love it if their employees took on more responsibility. Some…

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More Orcs Is Not The Answer - Clear and Open

More Orcs Is Not The Answer

Gothmog, the pig-headed orc general from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, hires a Clear and Open Mentor following Mordor’s defeat depicted in the final film. Gothmog: “I hope you’ll understand I’m a little grouchier than usual.” Mentor: “Of course, that was a huge loss for your team. Understandable that you’d be upset.” “It’s just…

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The Sun Still Shines - Employee Mentoring - Clear and Open

The Culture Awakens: Darth Vader Meets With Human Resources

Somewhere between the scenes of The Empire Strikes Back, the empire’s vice president of human resources invites Darth Vader to a private meeting to discuss his management style. VP of HR: “Hello, Mr. Vader, thanks for coming, please sit down.” Darth Vader: “I accepted your meeting not knowing what this was about, and this is…

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