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General Business / Sinikka Waugh September 4, 2019

Caution! Pursuing Even Better

Four Words of Caution When Promoting a Culture of Even Better

We’ve talked before about the four benefits of promoting a culture of even better. While we believe in those benefits, we also want to offer a couple words of caution to go with them.

Leadership / Communication / Sinikka Waugh September 3, 2019

Appreciation in the Office

You can do it today!

Even though it feels like May was just a couple weeks ago, Summer is (almost) officially over. We hope you're doing something fun to close out the season, but we also hope you've penciled in some time to relax, too.

General Business / Sinikka Waugh August 28, 2019

The Pursuit of Even Better

Four Benefits of Promoting a Culture of Even Better

Here at Your Clear Next Step, we have long believed in and practiced creating a culture of even better. What is that? Well, it is the relentless pursuit of continuous improvement. It is a cultural and organization-wide acknowledgment that we have both the desire and the ability to make today even better than yesterday, tomorrow even better...

General Business / YP / Time Management / Sinikka Waugh August 27, 2019

Are You Working Too Hard?

Work smarter, not harder, plan better!

Communication / Sinikka Waugh August 22, 2019

Listen With Me

Four Tips for Active and Intentional Listening

Candidly, I find, that collectively, we just don’t listen the way we used to. My kids are teenagers now, so their listening is filtered through a lens of ‘Do I want to listen to my parents or not?’ In my forties, my ability to hear things and decipher through the noise of the background is admittedly less effective than it used to be. And watching...

Leadership / Communication / YP / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh August 20, 2019

Demonstrating UPR During Tough Moments

5 Things to Remember


We all find ourselves in tough moments. It is so easy to look at others in a tough moment and blame them or make assumptions about how they are acting or thinking. Those assumptions are the worst thing we can do to keep a positive working environment. Instead, we need to show everyone Unconditional Positive Regard (UPR). Here are 5 things to remember to help you show UPR...

Networking / YP / Sinikka Waugh August 15, 2019

Prepare to Network

5 Ways to Prepare for Your Next Networking Opportunity

As fall approaches, so does conference season. And just as we’ve done in the past, we want to offer you a few tips for building even better connections during this prime networking time.

Change August 14, 2019

Why You Should Care about Change Management

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

Communication / Sinikka Waugh August 13, 2019

Communication Myth-Conceptions

4 Message-Muddling Communication Myths


If you've read any of our other blogs, or know me, you probably know that I think communication is kind of a big deal. We've all been in a situation when our gut instincts were pretty on target, but these common assumptions can get us into trouble when it comes to communication. Keep reading to learn what message-muddling myths you should avoid. 


Leadership / General Business / Networking / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh August 8, 2019

Willing & Able

Five Steps to Sharing the Load in Our Organizations

Recently, I’ve engaged in a couple of conversations with others about a trend we continue to see, especially in volunteer, non-profit, and church organizations. The trend is a little bit distressing and certainly puts a lot of burden on a handful of people. So, the purpose of this blog is to make sure we’re aware of this trend and invite...