This excellent video is a brilliant use of ten minutes of your time – Greatness – David Marquet
It’s a great way to see an example approach to Servant Leadership, switching from a telling to an asking mindset and empowering people to use their own skills and abilities to solve problems.
By setting expectations on behaviours, and goals to achieve, it’s possible to give people the opportunity to get to those places in the best way, bringing the efforts of all towards finding a solution, rather than relying on the approach and guidance of one person.
Back this month to books, and I’ve just finished Michael Bungay Stanier’s excellent and entertaining book, The Coaching Habit. It’s a short and fast paced introduction to providing highly valuable coaching sessions in the busy day-to-day work environment.
The book’s premise is simple, and on the front cover! Say less, ask more.
However, rather than a high minded or academic approach, Michael runs through a set of seven short but effective questions you can use to take practical steps to improve your habits.
The start of the book explains how to build a habit, why it may be difficult and why you should persevere. It then splits between explanations of the seven questions, and masterclasses that give useful techniques and insights.
Where some books may stretch their content with repetition, The Coaching Habit eschews this approach, going for fast pacing, large text and bold quotes. It’s an easy afternoon read, but one that you’ll want to come back to many times as you start putting its lessons into practice.