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Do you ever feel that...

A virtual flood of information makes smart decisions tougher, not easier?

You or your organization is near success but one element is absent?

Fake opinions are rife in public with real issues whispered behind closed doors?

It's time to manage the flow, meet fakery with frankness and get to reality-based ideas. Join me as we leverage critical thinking and clarity on the path to better choices and more impact.


Problem: Fog

Sometimes our immediate setting is fog-filled with information overload, or the sense something is missing. And some people make the misty view worse with a fake agenda, akin to a broken GPS.

The result is similar to what occurs when I hike in the Rockies and the fog rolls in: I'm stuck. 

Do I move - and stumble upon a bear with her cubs? Wander near an unseen edge? Wait and risk frostbite? And where am I anyway?



Solution: Big Sky Clarity

What we need is akin  to that description of Montana, Big Sky Country, where a high perch and a blue sky allow for a view of the landscape. We need Big Sky Clarity.

So how to reach that, from the fog?

Not with more data, contrived corporate-speak or repeating a failed strategy. That’s like filling an already fog-choked valley with thicker fog.

Nor does immediate action always work. On a new trail faced with dense mist, if I just hike on ahead, I might end up lost. 


My keynotes: Fog control

My keynotes offer tools to reach clarity - that clear blue sky - but first from within the fog. They are grounded in three assumptions: 

  • Reality is positive because it is a firm foundation.

  • Honesty is the first step to escaping fog: You're on a foggy trail and yell out your position to others.

  • Beyond a quick look for clues, adding more data and repeating failed actions rarely help. Instead, historical examples and stories can give us an 'aha' moment. That's because someone else has also hiked our trail. We can learn from them. It's important.

Why does this matter? Because people and entire societies can stumble, or worse, set off an avalanche of trouble when reality is ignored. I see it when governments ignore hard numbers, when leaders don't check their blind spots and when peers don't make a choice on direction. Disaster results. 

In contrast, successful lives, organizations and nations are built on reality, including course corrections.

Benefits of Big Sky Clarity

No one is forced to be forever trapped in a foggy fake place. We all have choices. Here are the benefits to reality-seeking.

  • Critical thinking. As George Orwell argued, get rid of dishonest language - others and ours - and we can think clearly. This is true personally, in our organizations and for issues that face our societies.

  • Clarity. A clear view allows us to grasp who we are, where we are and how to "hike" to our desired sunny peak.

  • Actual barriers overcome through better choices. Practically, for organizations, staff can match identified problems with real solutions. That means increased satisfaction and better results no matter what mountain peak - happy customers, higher sales, increased impact - is the goal for your 'hiking group'.

In short, my keynotes, based on spotting reality-avoiders and fakery in policy, politics and the media offer 'macro' Big Sky views. That allows each person to apply the lessons to their own 'micro' challenges.