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025: Cliff Hurst: I needed to grasp the essence

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025: Cliff Hurst: I needed to grasp the essence

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Cliff Hurst Show Notes

When Dr. Cliff Hurst was a Consultant and Executive Coach he often was met with a degree of defensiveness and people would put up a mask and a shield to avoid getting real. Cliff found himself spending a lot of time and effort trying to break through their defenses until he changed his methods. Once that happened he was able to have more genuine conversations than he was ever able to have before. And this is when Cliff started a new journey. Listen to Cliff’s story and learn how you might find a new way to get over the hump.

Cliff is a former U.S. Marines officer, boat builder, business manager, salesperson, sales and marketing manager, and OD consultant. He has been around the block enough times that even skeptical MBA students recognize that I’ve got some street cred; more than just “book learning.” And his undergrad students? Well, let’s just say that he’s nearly as old as some of their grandparents. So he receives a different kind of respect.

You can think of Cliff as a late bloomer; but he feels he is blooming now. He entered grad school at the age of 53. Six years later, he earned a PhD. Now, at an age when many of his peers are starting to retire, he’s enjoying a new career as a professor.

Dr. Hurst teaches at a small, private, liberal arts college in the Rocky Mountain West. It’s called Westminster College. It’s in Salt Lake City. Beautiful campus; bright students; and a cluttered office with enough shelf space for most of his books. Life is good.

Cliff is currently restoring a wooden sailing canoe that he built thirty years ago. He hopes to re-launch it very soon. He takes pride in the fact that it will be the only wooden sailing boat in all of Utah. At least he hasn’t seen any others.

In his spare time, he likes to study geeky things and enjoy camping and boating with my wife.  He read treatises on things like philosophical hermeneutics and formal axiology. He writes about them, too, in journals that only other academic geeks read.

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“Know yourself, choose yourself, grow yourself, and give yourself to something greater than you.” Dr. Robert S. Hartman by Cliff Hurst Click to Tweet

“People put up a mask and a shield to avoid getting real.” – Cliff Hurst Click to Tweet

“Young people…are no longer just looking for a job that pays them well.“ -Cliff Hurst Click to Tweet

“Are we really being deliberate about helping students understand themselves?“ -Cliff Hurst Click to Tweet

“Entrepreneurship should not be just a business school course.“ -Cliff Hurst Click to Tweet

“You don’t have to be a starving artist. Why can’t you be a thriving artist?“ -Cliff Hurst Click to Tweet

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” Thomas Jefferson by Cliff Hurst Click to Tweet

“Negative energy just drains a lot out of you.“ -Cliff Hurst Click to Tweet

“To know yourself, choose yourself, grow yourself, and give yourself you’ve got to look deep inside.” -Cliff Hurst Click to Tweet

“We’re not physical beings having spiritual experiences, we are spiritual beings having physical experiences.“ -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin by Cliff Hurst Click to Tweet

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Hump to Get Over

Dr. Cliff Hurst found himself spending a lot of time and effort trying to break through the defenses of his coaching clients. Then he changed his methods. Once that happened he was able to have more genuine conversations than he was ever able to have before. And this is when Cliff started a new journey. Listen to Cliff’s story and learn how you might find a new ways to move onward and upward faster.

Holding him back from being an even better leader

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Best Leadership Advice Received

Why don’t you save that for something important. Sometimes we have to get angry but save that for the really big stuff and let the little stuff go.

Secret to Success

Life-long learning

Best Resources in business or Life

The fact that I am a life-long learner.

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Contacting Dr. Cliff Hurst

email: cliff@cliffordhurst.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cliffhurst

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cliffhurst

More Resources

The Robert s. Hartman Institute for Formal and Applied Axiology

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Your Fast Leader Show host is Jim Rembach. Jim is a panel expert with the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) and spent many years in contact center operations and leverages this to help others. He is a certified Emotional Intelligence (EQ) practitioner, Certified Employee Retention Specialist, Certified Better Place to Work Expert, and frequently quoted industry expert.