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Leadership Coach Moment: What If Fear Wasn't The Problem? - Clear and Open

What If Courage Isn’t What You Think?

Paul was afraid, but that wasn’t the problem, as you’ll see. He needed to have a tough conversation with Sheila, an employee of fifteen years. Sheila needed to either change or leave. She was his wife’s best friend, one of his first employees, and surely had the best intentions. But her negativity was a poison…

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Business Coaching Made Simple With One Question - Clear and Open

Because Sometimes Normal Sucks

Over a decade ago a general contractor in serious trouble came to me for business coaching. Let’s call him Dave. His revenue was down two straight years. He broke even the year before, but nine months into the current year, his net profit was negative four percent. Burning cash by the wheelbarrow, he had five…

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Improve Company Culture From The Inside Out With Holistic Thinking - Clear and Open

Is It Plugged In?

The toaster won’t turn on. You fiddle with it for a minute or two. You start locally. But, when that doesn’t work, you think bigger. You move from content to context. First, you check if it’s plugged in. Then you go further out, “Hmmm, maybe the circuit is blown.” You do this all the time.…

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Overwhelmed At Work? It Doesn't Have To Be This Way

Empty Your Cup And Drink

Last week I wrote about The Simplest Path To Employee Engagement. In case you missed it, here’s the punchline: engagement comes when an individual uses their job in their own healthy self-interest to become more the person they want to become. That’s the context. One of the best examples of content you can use to…

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The Simplest Path To Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is perhaps the greatest problem facing workplaces today. Statistics show it’s only getting worse. Many of the problems that well-meaning leaders and managers struggle with are actually only symptoms of deeper engagement problems. You may not even realize it’s there. Employee disengagement can be an invisible kind of friction that drags everything down.…

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People Problems Solved with Good Accountability - Clear and Open

Accountability Begins with a Whisper

I often hear owners/managers say: “There are no good people out there to hire.” “My people don’t care as much as I do.” “My people won’t do what they’re told.” People problems are among the top three biggest complaints among managers next to money and time. I’ve heard the same frustrations for fifteen years, and…

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Overwhelm and the Seduction of the Pursuit of Happiness - Clear and Open

The False Seduction of Happiness (Part 2/2)

In last week’s article, I asked you to complete the sentence “I will be happy when…” as many times as you could and I promised you a breakthrough. Here’s a hint: it’s about overwhelm. This is where you have that breakthrough, but it won’t work if you haven’t yet done the assignment. Don’t read on…

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Mentoring Begins With Managing Yourself and Your Fulfillment - Clear and Open

Is Happiness Closer Than You Think? (Part 1/2)

Professional, ambitious people want growth because growth is their road to happiness. That’s why they seek mentoring and coaching. But what if there’s a way you’ve been seeking growth and happiness that actually pushes it away? What if you could use less effort to get more of what you want, by mentoring yourself? Here’s a…

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Get Organized To Achieve Your Dreams - Clear and Open

Organizational Enlightenment

We’ve all tried to help someone see a blind spot, even if you’re not a coach like I am. It’s often not easy. You can probably relate: Client: Can you help me run faster? Coach: Sure. What ideas do you have for getting that result? Client: Do you have a system that can help? Like…

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The Sun Still Shines - Employee Mentoring - Clear and Open

The Sun Still Shines

One of my clients was only 40% of the way through my new course, Clear Workspace, Open Mind and he literally got an entire day’s work done by 9:30 am as a result. He was in amazed disbelief. How is this possible? What did he do? He saw through the clouds. I promise I’ll explain.…

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