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The Clarity Compass: See More Clearly. Have Creative Conversations. Live the Life you Want. Paperback – February 14, 2017
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-Henry Schacht, former CEO of Cummins and Lucent; Board of Yale, Chase, Johnson & Johnson, and CBS
With the Clarity Compass, Dr. Brit Poulson has developed a powerful and simple tool for leading a group of high-performance individuals from different backgrounds by improving our decision-making process and building stronger team relationships. I strongly recommend it for current and future business leaders looking for impactful management tools.
-Jose Luis Valls, President and CEO of Nissan Latin America
This powerful book illuminates the simple truth that clarity of direction is not about having all of the right answers, but rather about asking all of the right questions. Poulson does a masterful job of guiding you through a process to gain insights that enable you to live with intention and integrity.
-Lois P. Frankel, PhD, author of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office
To navigate success in a start-up, a corporation, or simply a relationship, one needs relevant coaching and tools. Rarely can you find all of these in one place, but Dr. Brit Poulson has achieved this with The Clarity Compass.
-Christopher Smith, National Strategy Practice Lead at Grant Thornton, LLP
The Clarity Compass shows us how to let go of ego, see past blind spots and sharpen our understanding of the world around us. Well worth reading!
-Marshall Goldsmith, executive coach and author of Triggers
About the Author
Dr. Brit Poulson is the founder of Clarity Compass Consulting, a leadership consulting firm specializing in transformative executive coaching and leadership development programs. Brit has been integrating the fields of management consulting, business, psychology, and leadership coaching since 1983. He holds a Ph.D. in psychodynamic, Jungian and group psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute, an M.A. in human growth and potential from the University of West Georgia, and a B.A. in accounting and business administration from Troy University. He is the creator of the Clarity Compass™, a leadership development tool that supports people to see life clearly, wake up to exciting opportunities for their own growth and leadership, and take empowered action toward true success. Brit's combination of business expertise, human compassion, and incisive questions help his clients achieve unprecedented results.
Top customer reviews
"Scientists have to know the difference between the data they are observing and the conclusions they are drawing from those observations, right? If they aren't clear on this, we question the validity of their research, their claims, their findings."
"...when we rely entirely on our Stories, we make mistakes. We lose the ability to interact with the world as it actually is, so we create chaos, cloud our decision-making process, or miss out on important opportunities."
"If you want better results, you need to have a solid grip on the Facts of a situation, and you need to be aware of where you are making assumptions--which of your Stories are you erroneously calling facts?"
The chapter goes into greater depth with case studies of leaders learning to differentiate between facts and stories and how it helped them make better decisions with clarity.
Other chapters in the book help leaders use that clarity to have creative conversations with other leaders, employees, and relationships.
"When I say 'conversations' I don't mean small talk. I mean the kinds of conversations that are responsible for everything we have, or don't have."
I think you'll find the information author Brit Poulson shares in this book to be generous and helpful. No doubt his workshops and counsel are even more so.
But I urge you to take time when you read this book not just to scratch the surface and go as deep as you’re comfortable going – or just a bit beyond that if you can stomach it. For me, fundamentally, the Clarity Compass has increased my awareness of, well, my lack of awareness. That is, it has helped me discover more about my own motivations for behaving certain ways; both my reactive/bad behaviors and the ones that are most of the time constructive and positive. It has increased my sensitivity to how much I assume versus actually know about someone else’s reasons to behave the way they are – in what they say, how they act and react. It gives tools and suggestions on how to check these assumptions in positive and constructive ways.
One of my favorite lines in the book is: “Like the fish having a difficult time being aware of the water its swimming in, we are so immersed in our Reality Maps that we barely realize we are existing and acting within them.” As I continue using the Clarity Compass, the fun and sometimes uncomfortable process of learning about my own “reality map” and then acknowledging how little I know of others’ maps has opened up the opportunity for new, creative conversations in a way that often wasn’t possible.
Do you ever feel as though you're having to have the same conversation with someone, over and over again? Do you keep expecting different results to the same verbal volley? If that's the case, take a look at one of my favorite parts of the book, is the chapter titled "Creative Conversations - A Deeper Look." This section is designed to help the reader learn better conversational discipline, and specifically, to help him get out of the problem of doing the same thing and expecting to get a different result.