Growth Through Challenge


Challenge produces growth.  This holds true in every aspect of human development (physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual).  It also holds true in non-human natural systems.  Birds ween their fledglings so they learn to find food themselves, bears get their cubs in the stream to catch fish, but humans often attempt to shield others from challenge or adversity.  Compassion and empathy are also important.  In leadership, compassion and challenge go hand in hand.  Stan defines "helpful" as promoting strength, helping others function at their highest level of capability.  Taking care of others when they could and should take care of themselves, or shielding others from challenging situations can promote weakness. 


Stan challenges his clients to be their best and face the discomfort inherent in the growth process.



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Helping Others
Openness to learning 
Awareness
Separateness
Connection
Self-responsibility
Respect for the growth process and individual pace

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