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General Business / Sinikka Waugh November 24, 2020

Practicing Your Attitude of Gratitude

Practical Ways to Show Your Gratitude

As we pause for just a moment and reflect on this Thanksgiving season here in the US, most of us, when we stop and think about it, have much for which we can be thankful, even during a pandemic.  

General Business / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh November 19, 2020

The Art of Professionalism

Deciding to Put Others Ahead of Ourselves

I grew up never really knowing what professionalism was. I came from a blue collar family that was more about living and acting in the moment according to the culture. We didn’t always consider our actions and how we should behave or what we should or shouldn’t say around others.

General Business / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh November 17, 2020

Be Essential

3 Things Essential to Being Essential

As we are moving or continuing to stay virtual, it is important to stay connected with your team. You can become and remain an essential team member, even if you’re not rubbing elbows with your colleagues. Think of people you enjoy working with, people who you know have your back whenever you're on a project together, or things are getting busy at work....

General Business / Sinikka Waugh November 12, 2020

Our Core Values

How We Apply Our Core Values

General Business / Faith / Sinikka Waugh November 10, 2020

Your Workday Persona

Aligning Your Values With Work

Over the years, I’ve encountered many people who seem to have different personas – a “work” persona and a “life” persona. And I suppose that many of us do find ourselves in different roles, perhaps leader at work, friend at the gym, or maybe friend at church and student in yoga class, parent, child, sibling – you get the idea. And I am not saying that there’s not...

Change / Sinikka Waugh November 6, 2020

Moving Forward

Lessons Learned After the Election

It's been a long several months here in the US. Our oversized share of COVID-19 cases and deaths, civil unrest and an effort to achieve racial justice, and an election that created record turnouts.

Change / Faith / Sinikka Waugh November 3, 2020

The Process of Grief

It's Hard For People

Grief is one of those uncomfortable topics that most of us would rather avoid. It’s unpleasant, and it brings up feelings of loss, sadness, uncertainty, even fear. But as the work of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross applied to change management has shown us, understanding grief is an important part of any change or transition.

General Business / Sinikka Waugh October 30, 2020

Unmarked Edges

Staying on Solid Ground

Just a few weeks ago, my younger daughter was in a four-wheeling accident. She had been riding with a friend on their property, and the two of them crossed a land bridge separately on their vehicles. On the one side of the land bridge, the farm pond was clearly visible. On the other side, the brush and scrub from the lower ground had grown up in such a way that if you...

Change / Faith / Sinikka Waugh October 28, 2020

Change Is Hard

Because It's Hard For People

Let’s look at three quick examples of change your church might have experienced in the last few years…

Leadership / Sinikka Waugh October 27, 2020

Intentionally, Reliably Useful

Hiring Successful Interns, the First Time

Since 2010, Your Clear Next Step has hosted lots of interns. The vast majority of our internship experiences have been successful. A couple were a struggle. Some lasted a semester, while some lasted multiple years. Right now, we have two who are team members working with us – one who opted to continue her part time internship even as she moves on to...