By Michael Bungay Stanier
Recommended on: 28th December 2020
The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever, by Michael Bungay Stanier. (As we write this, the electronic version is free!) Fantastic as a New Year’s gift to yourself that will give to many others in the future.
If you’re like us, you like to help other people. One of the best ways to do that is by serving as a sounding board and coach for your co-workers, friends, children, bosses, and partners. But what’s the best way to do that? Stanier’s The Coaching Habit is basically the best book we’ve ever read about how to truly change other people’s brains for the better. As Stanier notes: “…our brains are wired to have a strong preference for clarity and certainty, it’s no wonder that we like to give advice. Even if it’s the wrong advice—and it often is—giving it feels more comfortable than the ambiguity of asking a question. In our training programs, we call this urge the Advice Monster. You have the best of intentions to stay curious and ask a few good questions. But in the moment, just as you are moving to that better way of working, the Advice Monster leaps out of the darkness and hijacks the conversation. Before you realize what’s happening, your mind is turned towards finding The Answer and you’re leaping in to offer ideas, suggestions and recommended ways forward.” Read Stanier’s wonderful book to learn how to tame your advice monster and be the mentor you’ve always wanted to be. Highly recommended! Also great for audio listening.
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