This Hungry Spirit

Your need for basic goodness By C. Clinton Sidle

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This Hungry Spirit
Your need for basic goodness
by C. Clinton Sidle

"Profound and practical." —Daniel Goleman.

A roadmap to perspectives and behaviors that make successful leaders.

Subjects: Self-Development, Happiness, Success, Business

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6 x 9, paperback, French flaps
176 pages

A green publication

ISBN 10: 1-936012-45-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-936012-45-9

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“In This Hungry Spirit, Clint Sidle offers profound and practical heart advice of great use for anyone hankering for a more fulfilling life.”  —Daniel Goleman, author, Emotional Intelligence

Basic goodness is the treasure of your existence. It connects you with your world in ways that wake you up and feel good. To create a new reality, says leadership guru Clint Sidle — whether at work, in relationships, or in your spiritual life — you simply must find and come from this relaxed, stronger place.

Basic goodness is the one thing that leads to

  • Confidence
  • Happiness
  • Success
  • Work that you love
  • Leading well
  • Making a difference
  • Connecting genuinely with others
  • Satisfying relationships (including romantic)
  • Letting go of old issues
  • Creating new possibilities
  • Becoming your best possible self
  • A meaningful, considered life

Basic goodness is the source of joy, interest, gratitude, enthusiasm — all that makes you feel best about yourself and others. It awakens a trust in yourself that has magic in it. It inspires choices that serve the best you possible. When you come from basic goodness, the world responds in kind. Not knowing it’s in you is like mistaking a precious gem in your pocket for an ordinary stone.

Basic goodness opens you, broadens your view, connects you with others, and engages your natural talents with the world’s needs.

This Hungry Spirit is about how you can find it, nurture it, and watch it nourish every aspect of your life.

"I know there is a hunger in you," Sidle begins, "longing to be filled. Just stop and look for amoment, and you will find it. You feel it don’t you? You may be successful, yet still you strive. You may be wealthy, yet still you seek gain. You may be loved, yet you still wander. Where does this discontent begin? There is always something missing. What do you so long for?”

Becoming an effective human being, Sidle teaches, is less about mastering certain skills than about fostering a certain attitude in yourself and others. To show how to live that attitude in a real, practical, and convincing way, he skillfully connects themes not brought together in books focusing on happiness or success or leadership alone.
 

"Those who lead others in quests toward self-improvement and motivation will find This Hungry Spirit’s action driven but relatable narrative beneficial in inspiring action and confidence in others." —D.K.

Table of Contents, Exercises

Acknowledgments

Introduction: This Hungry Spirit


Part One: The Lesser and Greater Spirit


1 The Grip of the Lesser Spirit: How You Limit Yourself

Your hungry spirit . . . Is guided by your mental models . . . Those models are shaped by your mental chatter . . . Most of that chatter is about you . . . But the models are not real . . . And they can cause problems.

     They are self-limiting
     They cause stress
     They make problems in relationships
     They separate us from ourselves


2 The Freedom of the Greater Spirit: You Can Choose another Way

You can change your mental models . . . Where you suffer often gives the clue . . . Yet choosing is still difficult . . . You first must find your basic goodness . . . What is this basic goodness, really? . . . When you find it, you find not only happiness but also success


Part Two: Discovering the Basic Goodness of the Greater Spirit: New Mental Models for Living

Prefatory


3 Wake Up

Make reflection a habit . . . Seek feedback . . . Meditate for insight . . . Exercise regularly . . . Keep a journal . . . Cultivate mindfulness


4 Follow Your Bliss

Play to your strengths . . . Serve your purpose . . . Craft the work you do to you until you find work you love (or come close) . . . Learn to learn . . . When in doubt, return to your purpose


5 Treat People as People

Honor the “Thou” . . . Use dialogue . . . Embrace the beloved . . . Develop your support team . . . Forgive with courage


6 Work the Law of Cause and Effect

Magnetize your intention . . . Appreciate your world . . . Turn problems into opportunities . . . Behave into new ways of being . . . Give generously . . . Follow the signs


7 Be Heroic

Reap the lessons of adversity . . . Turn fear into an ally . . . Push your edge . . . Don’t try to escape


8 Enjoy the Ride


Appendix: Identify your strengths—The Leadership Wheel Assessment


Bibliography


Index  


Table of Exercises

Chapter 1

Exercise 1: Identifying your mental models

Exercise 2: Watching your mental chatter

Exercise 3: How much do you doubt?

Exercise 4: What is your wound? (The Lifeline Activity)

Exercise 5: Loosening your mental models

Exercise 6: Assessing your work

Exercise 7: What are your defenses?

Exercise 8: Looking at a difficult relationship

Exercise 9: What makes you happiest?

Exercise 10: Who am I?


Chapter 2

Exercise 11: Working with your defenses

Exercise 12: Find your repeated patterns

Exercise 13: What opens and closes you?

Exercise 14: Moving to an other-centered world

Exercise 15: Tasting basic goodness


Chapter 3

Exercise 16: Creating reflective space

Exercise 17: Feedback bombardment

Exercise 18: Meditation

Exercise 19: Journaling

Exercise 20: Walking with mindfulness


Chapter 4

Exercise 21: Identify your talents and strengths

Exercise 22: Discovering your purpose

Exercise 23: Rejuvenating your work

Exercise 24: Your ideal job


Chapter 5

Exercise 25: How you treat others

Exercise 26: Listening

Exercise 27: Reframing a difficult relationship

Exercise 28: Working with regret

Exercise 29: Using dialogue

Exercise 30: Re-inventing your relationship

Exercise 31: Develop your circle

Exercise 32: Forgiving


Chapter 6

Exercise 33: Appreciation activities

Exercise 34: From Victim to Victor

Exercise 35: Happiness triggers

Exercise 36: Tracking synchronicity


Chapter 7

Exercise 37: The Heroic Journey

Exercise 38: Turn fears into breakthroughs

Exercise 39: Stretch yourself

Advance Praise

“In This Hungry Spirit, Clint Sidle offers profound and practical heart advice of great use for anyone hankering for a more fulfilling life.” —Daniel Goleman, author, Emotional Intelligence

This Hungry Spirit is inspiring and original — a creative and deeply satisfying look into what being happy and effective really involves. Blending fresh perspectives on life, leadership, and spirituality with personal stories and practical hands-on tools, Clint helps each of us find our unique path to a fulfilling and meaningful life.” —Annie McKee, co-author, Primal Leadership and Resonant Leadership; Founder, Teleos Leadership Institute

“Clint Sidle has written a superb and insightful work designed to guide those seeking to be better leaders and better people. The best leaders in today’s hectic world take time to understand themselves and they seek to fulfill themselves as well. Clint provides the clearest and deepest manner to achieve these goals that I have read.” —Anthony C. Zinni, US Marine Corps retired four-star general, former CENTCOM chairman, and Middle East negotiator for President Bill Clinton

“Leadership success and living with real purpose both start with self-awareness. Through compelling stories and practical, engaging exercises, Clint Sidle challenges and inspires us to know ourselves, find our passions, and act on them.” —John Ryan, President and CEO, Center for Creative Leadership; Admiral, US Navy (ret); Commandant, US Naval Academy (ret); former Chancellor of the State University of New York

Introduction

Click here to see a PDF of the Table of Contents and Introduction of This Hungy Spirit by C. Clinton Sidle.

About C. Clinton Sidle

When he wrote this book, C. CLINTON SIDLE was directing the prestigious Roy H. Park Leadership Fellows Program in the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. He is still a top consultant in strategic change, leadership, executive coaching, and developing human potential. His leadership programs at Cornell and elsewhere earned national recognition. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, state and local educational systems, and some of the nation’s leading universities and non-profit organizations.

Clint is also the author of two earlier books: High Impact Tools and Techniques for Strategic Planning (McGraw Hill, 1998) in collaboration with Rod Napier and Pat Sanaghan, and The Leadership Wheel: Five Steps to Achieving Personal and Organizational Greatness (Palgrave Macmillan (2005).

He lives in Ithaca, NY, and may be contacted at ccs7@cornell.edu or through his website at http://www.clintsidle.org

Book Details

“In This Hungry Spirit, Clint Sidle offers profound and practical heart advice of great use for anyone hankering for a more fulfilling life.”  —Daniel Goleman, author, Emotional Intelligence

Basic goodness is the treasure of your existence. It connects you with your world in ways that wake you up and feel good. To create a new reality, says leadership guru Clint Sidle — whether at work, in relationships, or in your spiritual life — you simply must find and come from this relaxed, stronger place.

Basic goodness is the one thing that leads to

  • Confidence
  • Happiness
  • Success
  • Work that you love
  • Leading well
  • Making a difference
  • Connecting genuinely with others
  • Satisfying relationships (including romantic)
  • Letting go of old issues
  • Creating new possibilities
  • Becoming your best possible self
  • A meaningful, considered life

Basic goodness is the source of joy, interest, gratitude, enthusiasm — all that makes you feel best about yourself and others. It awakens a trust in yourself that has magic in it. It inspires choices that serve the best you possible. When you come from basic goodness, the world responds in kind. Not knowing it’s in you is like mistaking a precious gem in your pocket for an ordinary stone.

Basic goodness opens you, broadens your view, connects you with others, and engages your natural talents with the world’s needs.

This Hungry Spirit is about how you can find it, nurture it, and watch it nourish every aspect of your life.

"I know there is a hunger in you," Sidle begins, "longing to be filled. Just stop and look for amoment, and you will find it. You feel it don’t you? You may be successful, yet still you strive. You may be wealthy, yet still you seek gain. You may be loved, yet you still wander. Where does this discontent begin? There is always something missing. What do you so long for?”

Becoming an effective human being, Sidle teaches, is less about mastering certain skills than about fostering a certain attitude in yourself and others. To show how to live that attitude in a real, practical, and convincing way, he skillfully connects themes not brought together in books focusing on happiness or success or leadership alone.
 

"Those who lead others in quests toward self-improvement and motivation will find This Hungry Spirit’s action driven but relatable narrative beneficial in inspiring action and confidence in others." —D.K.

Acknowledgments

Introduction: This Hungry Spirit


Part One: The Lesser and Greater Spirit


1 The Grip of the Lesser Spirit: How You Limit Yourself

Your hungry spirit . . . Is guided by your mental models . . . Those models are shaped by your mental chatter . . . Most of that chatter is about you . . . But the models are not real . . . And they can cause problems.

     They are self-limiting
     They cause stress
     They make problems in relationships
     They separate us from ourselves


2 The Freedom of the Greater Spirit: You Can Choose another Way

You can change your mental models . . . Where you suffer often gives the clue . . . Yet choosing is still difficult . . . You first must find your basic goodness . . . What is this basic goodness, really? . . . When you find it, you find not only happiness but also success


Part Two: Discovering the Basic Goodness of the Greater Spirit: New Mental Models for Living

Prefatory


3 Wake Up

Make reflection a habit . . . Seek feedback . . . Meditate for insight . . . Exercise regularly . . . Keep a journal . . . Cultivate mindfulness


4 Follow Your Bliss

Play to your strengths . . . Serve your purpose . . . Craft the work you do to you until you find work you love (or come close) . . . Learn to learn . . . When in doubt, return to your purpose


5 Treat People as People

Honor the “Thou” . . . Use dialogue . . . Embrace the beloved . . . Develop your support team . . . Forgive with courage


6 Work the Law of Cause and Effect

Magnetize your intention . . . Appreciate your world . . . Turn problems into opportunities . . . Behave into new ways of being . . . Give generously . . . Follow the signs


7 Be Heroic

Reap the lessons of adversity . . . Turn fear into an ally . . . Push your edge . . . Don’t try to escape


8 Enjoy the Ride


Appendix: Identify your strengths—The Leadership Wheel Assessment


Bibliography


Index  


Table of Exercises

Chapter 1

Exercise 1: Identifying your mental models

Exercise 2: Watching your mental chatter

Exercise 3: How much do you doubt?

Exercise 4: What is your wound? (The Lifeline Activity)

Exercise 5: Loosening your mental models

Exercise 6: Assessing your work

Exercise 7: What are your defenses?

Exercise 8: Looking at a difficult relationship

Exercise 9: What makes you happiest?

Exercise 10: Who am I?


Chapter 2

Exercise 11: Working with your defenses

Exercise 12: Find your repeated patterns

Exercise 13: What opens and closes you?

Exercise 14: Moving to an other-centered world

Exercise 15: Tasting basic goodness


Chapter 3

Exercise 16: Creating reflective space

Exercise 17: Feedback bombardment

Exercise 18: Meditation

Exercise 19: Journaling

Exercise 20: Walking with mindfulness


Chapter 4

Exercise 21: Identify your talents and strengths

Exercise 22: Discovering your purpose

Exercise 23: Rejuvenating your work

Exercise 24: Your ideal job


Chapter 5

Exercise 25: How you treat others

Exercise 26: Listening

Exercise 27: Reframing a difficult relationship

Exercise 28: Working with regret

Exercise 29: Using dialogue

Exercise 30: Re-inventing your relationship

Exercise 31: Develop your circle

Exercise 32: Forgiving


Chapter 6

Exercise 33: Appreciation activities

Exercise 34: From Victim to Victor

Exercise 35: Happiness triggers

Exercise 36: Tracking synchronicity


Chapter 7

Exercise 37: The Heroic Journey

Exercise 38: Turn fears into breakthroughs

Exercise 39: Stretch yourself

“In This Hungry Spirit, Clint Sidle offers profound and practical heart advice of great use for anyone hankering for a more fulfilling life.” —Daniel Goleman, author, Emotional Intelligence

This Hungry Spirit is inspiring and original — a creative and deeply satisfying look into what being happy and effective really involves. Blending fresh perspectives on life, leadership, and spirituality with personal stories and practical hands-on tools, Clint helps each of us find our unique path to a fulfilling and meaningful life.” —Annie McKee, co-author, Primal Leadership and Resonant Leadership; Founder, Teleos Leadership Institute

“Clint Sidle has written a superb and insightful work designed to guide those seeking to be better leaders and better people. The best leaders in today’s hectic world take time to understand themselves and they seek to fulfill themselves as well. Clint provides the clearest and deepest manner to achieve these goals that I have read.” —Anthony C. Zinni, US Marine Corps retired four-star general, former CENTCOM chairman, and Middle East negotiator for President Bill Clinton

“Leadership success and living with real purpose both start with self-awareness. Through compelling stories and practical, engaging exercises, Clint Sidle challenges and inspires us to know ourselves, find our passions, and act on them.” —John Ryan, President and CEO, Center for Creative Leadership; Admiral, US Navy (ret); Commandant, US Naval Academy (ret); former Chancellor of the State University of New York

Click here to see a PDF of the Table of Contents and Introduction of This Hungy Spirit by C. Clinton Sidle.

About C. Clinton Sidle

Larson Publications photo of author C. Clinton Sidle

When he wrote this book, C. CLINTON SIDLE was directing the prestigious Roy H. Park Leadership Fellows Program in the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. He is still a top consultant in strategic change, leadership, executive coaching, and developing human potential. His leadership programs at Cornell and elsewhere earned national recognition. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, state and local educational systems, and some of the nation’s leading universities and non-profit organizations.

Clint is also the author of two earlier books: High Impact Tools and Techniques for Strategic Planning (McGraw Hill, 1998) in collaboration with Rod Napier and Pat Sanaghan, and The Leadership Wheel: Five Steps to Achieving Personal and Organizational Greatness (Palgrave Macmillan (2005).

He lives in Ithaca, NY, and may be contacted at ccs7@cornell.edu or through his website at http://www.clintsidle.org

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