Sheer Clarity

Sheer Clarity
The podcast that helps you become a more confident, thoughtful, and successful leader. In under 30 minutes each week, you’ll get access to more than 25 years worth of conversations and coaching that have been shared with thousands of CEO’s in management retreats, small group sessions, intimate coaching engagements and more. This show will help you find your intersection of business acumen focused on results, self-awareness in the secular setting, and spiritual awakening for your meaning and purpose in this world. Many super-smart and, successful people wield power over others but struggle to eliminate the self-sabotaging behaviors which cause a loss of reputation and influence. So whether you think you’ve been on top of your game for 30+ years, or you’re just starting the long journey to get ahead, Kevin will guide you to be a more confident, thoughtful leader. These powerful stories and institutional experiences will help you get woke, with a healthy mix of emotional intelligence and experiential lea

Adversity Builds Strength
Apr 8 • 45 min
Today we visit with Rob Follows. Rob is the Chairman and CEO of STS Capital Partners. Rob helps people who are ready to sell their business, giving them the freedom to contribute their time, treasure and talent to make the world a better place. As…
Putting Core Values Into Practice
Apr 1 • 53 min
Every organization has or should have core values in place. However, just writing them down and displaying them on a poster isn’t enough. The hard part comes in living them. Today, I’m talking with Buddy Teaster, CEO of Soles4Souls. Buddy talks about his…
Unlocking Employee Potential with Ryan Niles of Niles Industrial Coatings and Niles Plant Services
Mar 25 • 38 min
In business, it’s important to not only make sure your executives, directors, and managers have the skills to lead, but it’s also crucial to help your employees unlock their own potential. Ryan Niles is the CEO of Niles Industrial Coatings and Niles Plant…
Investing in People with Annie Yoder of Rea & Associates
Mar 18 • 41 min
No matter how well trained and educated you are, it’s important to remember that who you are as a person can sometimes bring as much value to your team as your qualifications. This rings true for our guest on the show today, Annie Yoder, who is Director…
Liquidating Restaurant Equipment And Nurturing Relationships with Neal Sherman, Founder of TAGeX Brands
Mar 11 • 49 min
Neal Sherman is the Founder and President of TAGeX Brands, a company that liquidates restaurant equipment and other unused assets. Neal formed the company more than 30 years ago after seeing a lot of restaurant operators getting stuck without a paddle…
What Does “Leadership by Attraction” Mean?
Mar 4 • 19 min
Kevin McHugh is the President of JKM Management Development, a management consulting firm specializing in increasing organizational performance and coaching business leaders to develop emotional awareness, conflict resolution capabilities, and maximize…
There Simply Is No Downside to Being Transparent and Owning Your Mistakes with Lisa Stein of Revolutions Inc.
Feb 26 • 47 min
Lisa Stein is the Founder and CEO of Revolutions Inc. She is a tech entrepreneur from Columbus, Ohio who previously worked in an industrial design firm and Cardinal Health. Lisa also founded a software company that was called ORIS Intelligence which was…
Why Leaders Must Move from Push to Pull Leadership
Feb 19 • 43 min
Toby LaVigne is the CEO of CleanMark Labels, a multinational label manufacturer headquartered in the pacific northwest. He and his team strive to live the word of God in everything they do in order to succeed not just as a business but to make prosperity…
We Learn Best Through Painful Failure
Feb 12 • 49 min
Dave Maney is a national economic and financial writer and commentator. He’s also the executive chair and co-founder of Deke Digital, a digital media company that combines their deep knowledge of industry segments and their understanding of the…
Welcome to the Next Stage of Sheer Clarity
Feb 5 • 3 min
The Sheer Clarity podcast is getting ready to evolve. Moving forward, episodes of Sheer Clarity are going to feature interviews with business leaders from companies of every shape and size, sharing how they are putting their leadership skills and…
Managing vs Leading
Jan 29 • 26 min
If I aspire to be in a leadership role, how can I get there? What should I do to get myself to be identified and placed in such a role? How do I communicate my ambitions and experiences when I’ve taken on leadership responsibilities but don’t have the…
Compassion in Crisis
Jan 22 • 22 min
If someone who works for you is having serious challenges at home, do you believe that they would confide in you? Being compassionate towards your team is one thing but how do you handle a situation where you are the one who is going through personal…
No Time To Care
Jan 15 • 22 min
Picture this: You know how valuable it is for people to care about each other, so you organized a team-building retreat. The retreat is a success but within a few weeks of returning to work it all fades away and it’s back to the status quo. What happened?…
The Problem with Retreats
Jan 8 • 31 min
If you’re using retreats as a catch-all for everything you want to get done in your company, then this episode is for you. As leaders, we have to have a long-term focus but that same focus can cause us to skip over the essentials which need to be in place…
Top 5 Themes of Sheer Clarity in 2019
Jan 1 • 42 min
Happy New Year! Around this time of year you’re bound to be getting a lot of countdowns and “Best of” lists so we thought, let’s join the party. Following the conventions, we’re giving you the top five themes of Sheer Clarity in 2019. As a bonus, we’re…
Opening the Listener Mailbag
Dec 25, 2019 • 28 min
Happy Holidays! Whatever it is that you celebrate at this time of year, as long as you do it with love and kindness, we hope that you are having a great celebration. In this season of gift-giving, we want to highlight the gifts we’ve received from you,…
Managing Your Internal Head Space
Dec 18, 2019 • 23 min
In our last episode, we started to explore how our brains talk to us through our inner voices. Now we’re shifting gears and looking at the practical side of things and what you can do to manage your headspace as a leader. To be a super leader by…
Learning to Listen to the Inside Voices
Dec 11, 2019 • 25 min
Today we’re talking about the voices in your head. Right now, they’re probably speaking to you, saying what on earth is he talking about. Doing work on my inner voices has been transformational for me and after listening to this episode, I want you to at…
Granting Forgiveness
Dec 4, 2019 • 21 min
Whenever a group of people comes together, conflict can occur. Whether it’s a squabble over misplaced Tupperware or a fundamental disagreement about how to handle a client’s account, the result tends to be two people being angry simultaneously with each…
Being Grateful and Thanksgiving
Nov 27, 2019 • 22 min
This week, in the spirit of this Thanksgiving holiday, we’re taking a closer look at gratitude and what it means for the consummate leader by attraction.
There’s No Such Thing as a Good or Bad Personality Assessment
Nov 20, 2019 • 31 min
In today’s episode, Mathew becomes the subject of a tried-and-tested behavioral assessment facilitated by Kevin. The subject of Mathew coming under public scrutiny is met with nervous laughter initially. However, we come to realize that such a thing as a…
How Personality Assessments Make You a Better Leader
Nov 13, 2019 • 25 min
This episode of Sheer Clarity is all about personality assessments, inventories, and how you can utilize them to expand your understanding of yourself and those around you. For most of us, our natural personality and behaviors are solidified by our…
Exercising the Right Kind of Power in the Workplace
Nov 6, 2019 • 24 min
This episode of Sheer Clarity is all about power in the workplace and how it is exerted by different levels of leadership. Whether it is the CEO or a low-level manager, power plays out in relationships and interactions all the time. There is such an array…
Loincloths and the Beating of Drums
Oct 30, 2019 • 26 min
In this episode, we explore the power of vulnerability for leaders in business
The Issues Clearing Model
Oct 23, 2019 • 27 min
Using the issues clearing model to re-open channels of communication which have broken down completely.
Navigating Negative Feedback
Oct 16, 2019 • 25 min
In this episode, we look at how to break through the barriers associated with negative feedback.
The Positive Side of Feedback
Oct 9, 2019 • 24 min
This week we’re back with Part 2 on the topic of feedback. Now that we’ve gotten clear on the philosophy of feedback, we’re drilling down into the first of the two dimensions of feedback: positive feedback.
The Philosophy of Feedback
Oct 2, 2019 • 25 min
Feedback is a topic with which I have an ongoing love-hate relationship. It’s extremely common in business settings and for many people, it brings up painful memories of tedious annual performance reviews which never resulted in any progress. But done…
The Halftime Model Part 2: Developing Your Humility as a Leader
Sep 25, 2019 • 28 min
The 20 questions you should ask yourself today, how self-reflection about the halftime can help you to become a better leader, the effects of a midlife crisis on leadership, why significance is more important than success, how you can benefit from the…
The Halftime Model Part 1: What is it?
Sep 18, 2019 • 27 min
What is halftime and how does it work? When is the halftime of life? What questions will you ask yourself?
The Power of Your Worldview
Sep 11, 2019 • 26 min
What is a worldview and why you need to get clear on it.
Developing Your Humility as a Leader
Sep 4, 2019 • 25 min
Help you develop the virtue of humility in yourself as you continue on the path to sheer clarity.
Why Humility is Essential for Great Leadership
Aug 28, 2019 • 23 min
To help you on the path to sheer clarity, today we’re unpacking humility and the misconceptions that often surround it.
How Will You Measure Your Life?
Aug 21, 2019 • 27 min
While we can be focused on all the things that the world wants us to focus on, that’s not what you’re going to be remembered for.
Battling Imposter Syndrome
Aug 14, 2019 • 28 min
How do you deal with imposter syndrome, how can it get in the way, and how do you manage it appropriately
Appropriate Vulnerability Part 3: Encouraging it in Others
Aug 7, 2019 • 22 min
How to encourage people in the workplace to be vulnerable with you and key techniques you can use to encourage that vulnerability.
Appropriate Vulnerability Part 2: How to be Appropriately Vulnerable as a Leader
Jul 31, 2019 • 20 min
How to approach vulnerability as a leader and how to put yourself in a vulnerable position that’s appropriate
Appropriate Vulnerability Part 1: What is It?
Jul 24, 2019 • 16 min
What is appropriate vulnerability, what it means in a corporate setting, and why do you need it as a business leader.
Honesty Part 3: Knowing When Others Are Honest With You
Jul 17, 2019 • 21 min
Creating an environment that supports honest feedback
Honesty Part 2: Being Honest with Other People
Jul 10, 2019 • 23 min
The pre-honesty checklist, which covers the most important steps you should work through before being honest with others
Honesty Part 1: Deep Self-Reflection
Jul 3, 2019 • 24 min
What self-honesty means in the context of work and how it relates to your development as a leader
Trust Part 2: The Character to Command Trust
Jun 26, 2019 • 21 min
Assessing someone’s character and the sub-conscious judgements that we make as a result.
Trust Part 1: Characteristics of a Trusting Relationship
Jun 19, 2019 • 25 min
Breaking down trust to its core components and a deep dive into the first leg of the trust tree, competence.
Welcome to Sheer Clarity
Jun 12, 2019 • 23 min
An introduction to Sheer Clarity
Preview of Sheer Clarity
May 7, 2019 • 2 min
Hi, I’m J.Kevin McHugh, and this podcast is your chance to get more than 25 years worth of business leadership coaching and strategies, which are aimed at helping C-Suite Executives and other leaders like you develop trusting, honest, and healthy…