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The Opportunity Cliche - Josef Shapiro - Clear and Open

The Opportunity Cliche

I don’t know when the word “opportunity” was first used as a reframe for a difficulty, but it’s easy to see it’s overused and has become even cliché. Like all wisdom trickled down into mass usage, this overuse dilutes the real meaning. It’s like what happens to your love of a hit song that’s so…

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Disengaged Employees - Josef Shapiro - Clear and Open

Disengaged

I had a profound realization about disengaged employees I want to share with you that is critically important for anyone who manages people. I need to give you two minutes of background first. “The world has an employee engagement crisis, with serious and potentially lasting repercussions for the global economy.” This is the first line…

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Embracing Avoidance and Uncovering the Truth - Clear and Open

Embracing Avoidance and Uncovering the Truth

Management is like parenting: many people do it and they mostly have no idea what they’re doing, but they somehow make it work. The result? Stress, wheel-spinning, overwhelm, and millions of dollars in lost opportunity. That’s why I’m launching a special course starting January 11th, 2018. How to Manage and Be Managed is the missing…

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You Can Get Out When You Puke — Achieving Greatness — Part Four

You Can Get Out When You Puke — Achieving Greatness — Part Four

Last week, we talked about the larger lesson and how your relationship to fear and discomfort is the answer to achieving greatness. Let me repeat. Your relationship to fear and discomfort is the answer. In other words, whatever you’re doing, whatever project, initiative, business, partnership, etc. Whatever it is, greatness only happens when you want…

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You Can Get Out When You Puke — The Discomfort Question — Part Three — Clear and Open

You Can Get Out When You Puke — The Discomfort Question — Part Three

Now, we’re going to get granular about embracing discomfort and how knowing what that entails helps you achieve greatness. In part one of this series, I talked about the tortures of my early springboard diving career and promised I’d tell you more scary things about it. Every diver faces a very specific moment of fear…

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You Can Get Out When You Puke — Productive Emotional Discomfort — Part Two — Clear and Open

You Can Get Out When You Puke — Productive Emotional Discomfort — Part Two

Last week, I gave you the assignment to examine your relationship to physical, mental, and emotional discomfort. Did you embrace the discomfort and do the work? If not, go back, and do that right now. It’s common for people to be familiar with the benefits of physical discomfort related to exercise; less so with the…

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You Can Get Out When You Puke — Utilizing Discomfort — Part One — Clear and Open

You Can Get Out When You Puke — Utilizing Discomfort — Part One

“You can get out when you puke.” We all know that growth requires discomfort, but many people never realize their potential because they don’t actually understand what is meant by discomfort, and so fail to embrace it. To solve this problem and empower you to get there, we’re going to go into detail about what…

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The Practice of Gratitude - Happy Thanksgiving - Clear and Open

The Practice of Gratitude

I sincerely hope you read this blog post to the end. I’m going to give you a practice that takes zero time and radically improves your life. At least for us Americans, Thanksgiving is upon us, and I wish you a great one if you celebrate it. And I’d like to make a teaching moment…

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You Do It, Too – Part Three – Problem-Solving and Change on the Inside — Clear and Open

You Do It, Too – Part Three – Problem-Solving and Change on the Inside

This is the last part in the You Do It, Too series. I’m sure there’s quite a few of you ready to cheer about moving on to something else. For now, we look at problem-solving and change on the inside. Last week, I gave you real examples of problems you create in your own business—all…

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You Do It, Too – Part Two – The People and Business Problems You Complain About - Clear and Open

You Do It, Too – Part Two – The People and Business Problems You Complain About

Last week, we discussed American politicians and their flaws. Oh… And we also talked about how you’re exactly like all of them—no exceptions. It’s just a matter of degree. Now, I’ll give you a real-world example to compare against your own business problems. I have a group of about ten mid-level managers I meet with…

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