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Accountability and Personal Growth – Are You Hungry? - Clear and Open

Accountability and Personal Growth – Are You Hungry? – Part Three

We’ve already discussed how personal growth and facing your shadow takes energy and causes productive, real pain that gets to the source of the frustrations in your life. It’s all hard, it’s all work, and it’s always your choice. In the context of hunger for self-learning, let’s look at the subject of accountability. For a…

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Leadership Requires Personal Growth – Are You Hungry? - Clear and Open

Leadership Requires Personal Growth – Are You Hungry? – Part Two

In last week’s post, we talked about how the excitement of change and growth is not bigger than the desire to avoid the pain that is so often the price associated with it. Now, we will discuss how to get clear and move forward. Ready? Let’s go. Simply put, if you’re not vividly clear about…

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Personal Growth and Change – Are You Hungry? - Clear and Open

Personal Growth and Change – Are You Hungry? – Part One

The business is a reflection of you. Your life is the sum of your choices. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Change and personal growth begins within. Be the change you want to see in the world. When you point a finger, there are three others pointing…

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The Easiest Way To Screw Up Managing Your Employees Part 3 - Clear and Open

The Easiest Way To Screw Up Managing Your Employees Part 3

Last week I asked you to ponder, “If crossing organizational lines is so destructive, why are they so common?” Besides the lack of awareness of the negative impact, which we thoroughly explored in the first two parts, there is an epidemic deficient skill: the ability to manage your employees and managers. Managing your employees is…

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The Easiest Way To Screw Up Managing Part 2 - Clear and Open

The Easiest Way To Screw Up Managing Part 2

Last week, I scolded you for crossing organizational lines, without even knowing if you did such a thing! How’s that for fairness, eh? Well, you may not have deserved it, but many people do it without realizing, so I took some “accountability license” if you will. It happens innocently enough. You’re in the break room…

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The Easiest Way To Screw Up Managing Part 1 - Clear and Open

The Easiest Way To Screw Up Managing Part 1

Sometimes doing nothing is doing something. I get it. You care. You know better than anyone else in the business. And so when you see something going awry, or even if you’re just curious, you offer your wisdom. You help. People seem to get a lot out of what you bring. Except when you talk…

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Common Sense Superpower Part Two: The Path to Awareness

In last week’s article, I introduced the idea that common sense is a super power that comes from diligent work in the realm of awareness. It comes from turning toward the pain of illusory beliefs, values, and ideas you have about yourself. Because, if you’re not willing to look at aspects of your internal reality,…

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Common Sense Superpower - Clear and Open

Common Sense Superpower Part One: It Isn’t So Common

“Common sense is not so common.” –Voltaire Can you define common sense? I know, it’s hard. What if the root of all your problems comes down to not understanding what common sense is? Merriam-Webster defines it as “sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.” Sounds simple, doesn’t? But…

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Stock Language - Clear and Open

Stock Language: How You’re Lying Without Realizing It

“We must all efficiently Operationalize our strategies Invest in world-class technology And leverage our core competencies In order to holistically administrate Exceptional synergy” –Weird Al Yankovic “Mission Statement” This is what I call stock language. It means something, and it doesn’t mean anything. It could literally be the cause of all of your problems. It…

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Cut the Bullshit Epilogue: Pay For What You Get - Business Problems - Clear and Open

Cut the Bullshit Epilogue: Pay For What You Get

I know, you thought the series was over, but I got requests for more–and I’m a sucker for requests. (Especially when it comes to solving business problems.) If there was just one thing that was holding you back–just one thing–would you want to know what it is? No matter how uncomfortable the truth made you?…

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