There's a continuum to helping. If you want to be helpful, it helps to know where you're coming from. On one end is the bad samaritan. They see and don't help. We'll assume that's not what you're looking to do, but we have to acknowledge it exists. Next is the non-judging-but-passively-listening friend. This is good … Continue reading Help (I Need Some Continuum)
One of the problems with coming back from a vacation is having a to-do list 18 miles long with no less than 47 new “shiny objects” begging me to give chase. Michael Bungay Stanier would tell me, “draw smaller circles.” And that’s exactly what I’m trying to do. The idea is simple. Treat an idea … Continue reading Draw Smaller Circles
Your product or service solves a problem. Great. But, how are you going to get people to use it? The great philosopher Mary Poppins inspired my favorite question: What’s the spoonful of sugar? I see the medicine. I know how it works. I know why it works. I know they need to take it. But… … Continue reading What’s Your Spoonful Of Sugar?
Michael Bungay Stanier’s book, The Coaching Habit, focuses on asking these seven Jedi/MBA level coaching questions. If you lead or manage others, pay close attention. This is how you get yourself out of the way like a pro. I’ll present and answer them in a (weird?) one-sided dialogue for sake of this post, but seriously, … Continue reading The Seven Questions Great Coaches Ask
Oh my god, this meeting sucks. Why? Here are three big candidates/clinical descriptions of why this is a waste of time: The small talk tango (where we verbally dance around nothingness), The ossified agenda (where we have an agenda, but it’s a fossil record of topics that were only previously presumed to be alive), The … Continue reading Three Types Of Terrible Meetings (And How To Fix Them)
Steve Schlafman’s been successful as an operator, a venture investor, and as a coach. Schlafman’s got a gift for boiling down big concepts and sharing his sources (see the extremely handy resource he maintains, Founder Library). In this interview with Ari Lewis, they cover his career progression and how he chose what to do next, … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Personal Branding And Coaching With Steve Schlafman
When we’re in the position of trying to help someone find a solution, we want to set the right parameters before the conversation starts. Since most professionals are just consultants with fancier job titles, having a framework to stick to is essential. We want our framework to encourage the person across the table to be … Continue reading Three Rules For Coaching Conversations (That Any Professional Can Use)
If you lead, coach, or manager, Jeff Hunter is someone you need to pay attention too. There will be posts from this episode this week, I am certain. Hunter goes beyond "why" and well into "what" and "how" to do it. If you believe in a better at work experience for your people, this is … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Unleashing Human Potential With Talentism CEO Jeff Hunter