Have you ever given advice without knowing all the facts? It’s a trap easier to fall into than we might think. We’ll look at that in our Thought of the Day. And in our interview segment, Michael Bungay Stanier shares seven questions to help you to become a much more effective leader who coaches. That and more on today’s show.
Bob’s Thought of the Day
- A story of my interaction with a reader who asked for my advice, and why I responded with options and additional questions instead of just answering her initial question.
- The importance of asking helpful questions that will expose all the assumptions (both ours and theirs) that get in the way of the actual truth.
- Why we must avoid falling into the trap of answering questions when we don’t have enough information to go on.
Interview with Michael Bungay Stanier
- Why coaching is such an important skill for leaders and managers.
- Three key principles: be lazy, be curious, be often.
- The process and the outcome of coaching.
- The close connection between insights, behavior change, and positive impact.
- Why changing your habits is a key part of learning to become a better leader.
7 questions that will help any leader become a better coach:
- The Kickstart Question: What’s on your mind?
- The AWE Question: And what else?
- The Focus Question: What’s the real challenge here for you?
- The Foundation Question: What do you want?
- The Lazy Question: How can I help?
- The Strategic Question: If you’re saying Yes to this, what are you saying No to?
- The Learning Question: What was most useful for you?
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