Your Clear Next Step

Indianola, IA

(515) 442-0545

Your Clear Next Step Blog

YP / General Business December 27, 2018

5 Things To Do As a First-Timer At a Conference

It’s conference season, everyone!

Project Management December 27, 2018

5 Overlooked Project Management Essentials and How to Avoid Them

Attend any of our Project Management classes lately, regardless of the length of the class, and the same three things keep coming up over and over and over. The studies from Gardner and Standish, and even reports from Project Management Institute show disproportionately high numbers of projects that have failed. Depending on which study you follow, some report 55% to 75% of business projects...

Leadership December 27, 2018

4 Things To Look For In An Elected Official

Elections are a fairly common occurrence in this country, whether at the polls on Super Tuesday, or within professional organizations or other groups. Many of the professional associations of which I’m a member are experiencing their annual election process right now.  And with election day literally around the corner for many local races, this seems like the right time to chime in with a...

Change December 14, 2018

4 Easy Approaches to Inspiring Change

Sometimes we have to motivate the people around us to change. Maybe there’s a behavior that needs to stop (or start). Maybe together we need to embark on a new journey. Could be something minor, could be something pretty significant. Either way, we do others a disservice when we assume that everyone will respond to a given change the same way. It’s not reasonable to assume that you’ll respond...

Change December 14, 2018

3 Simple Steps to Managing Change

I heard someone observe the other day “Change has never come at us as fast as it’s coming today, and it will never be this slow again.”  When the statement was uttered (and several times since then when I’ve used it in multiple settings), there seem to be two collective responses:

Communication / Change November 7, 2018

Change Ahead for a Conflicted America

Published November 15, 2016 - Updated November 7, 2018

Last week, in the aftermath of our Presidential election, we weren't quite sure what we should say in our weekly newsletter. Did we address the elephant in the room, or did we avoid starting or contributing to an already difficult, devolving conversation? We wrestled with our message that week--with how or if our newsletter was the right...

Change October 10, 2018

Why You Should Care about Change Management

As I mentioned in a previous post, I want to teach math. This semester I am student teaching. During the course of my time, I have been involved in a more than a few meetings. Two of the meetings I was involved in demonstrated perfectly why everyone should care about change management.

Communication / Leadership October 4, 2018

Convince Them Communication

I’ve been teaching a lot of project management classes lately and throughout the classes there are opportunities for people to ask questions about interacting with others; it could be stakeholder engagement, it could leadership, coaching, or motivating team members, etc.

Communication / Generations September 27, 2018

Talking Tech

You’ve heard me say it before, and I’ll say it again… “We shouldn’t put people in boxes (not physically and not metaphorically).” It’s totally unfair to assume that just because someone demonstrates several of the tendencies common to a person who fits in “Box A” that means they permanently and in all other ways belong in “Box A”.

General Business / YP September 26, 2018

How to Handle Failing

This might just be me, but I do not like messing up. In my mind, messing up means failing, which makes me a failure. This is something that I am working on. Perhaps you have this attitude as well. Speaking from personal experience, this is not a healthy attitude. Today, I am going to share a story of a time I failed and some insights I can offer to handle failure.