On a similar theme to yesterday: “What feedback have you sought about yourself in the last 12 months?” (“Asking my team after every meeting what I might do differently” isn’t really what I hope you’ll say.)
I was lucky enough to have a fascinating conversation the other day with a friend about the potential crossover between counselling and coaching. A subject very close to my heart through my doctorate studies, it occupied us enthusiastically and animatedly for a little while as we debated differences, similarities, regulation, ethics and styles. And I… Read More Anything but feedback . . .
“Before you implement an idea that has been generated in the office, you should always take it to the field and ask for their criticisms. Pretty soon the idea will look like Swiss cheese – full of holes. They know what they’re doing and we don’t.” Herb Kelleher (co-founder and former CEO of Southwest Airlines)… Read More Do you dare to ask . . .
I like Bill Critchley’s story of coaching a senior government official with whom, after a few sessions, he felt he was making little impact. He admits to feeling inadequate, and increasingly anxious that he wasn’t living up to his coachee’s expectations. The problem centered around everything Mr Critchley coming up with being something his coachee had… Read More Taking a risk . . .
My packet of salt and vinegar crisps tells me that its manufacturers have been perfecting the fresh taste of their product since 1948. Here is a company, I suspect, which understands self-development, self-awareness, feedback and reflection!
“The best mirror is an old friend” (Peter Nivio Zarlenga). I was reminded recently of the power of a good 360 feedback tool. And with so many brilliant products on the market, we’re spoilt for choice and it might even be hard to choose easily – not just the product, but also the people who will rate you.… Read More 3 answers . . .
It’s not just important to get feedback when you’re a leader . . . it’s essential. What have you done in the last 12 months to solicit feedback about you?
Oh, the joys of starting a new job. The finding out, the fitting in, the euphoria that serves to blind in those first few heady weeks, lulling you perhaps into a conscious incompetence as you take baby steps daily to establish your position and to learn how it all works: just what is the way… Read More Getting to know you . . .
Let’s not be pretentious. One of my favourite action-films is Battleship (Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson) – the story of an international fleet of ships which comes across an alien armada while on a naval war games exercise. For who could resist this exchange at the end of the film, between the heroic Lieutenant Commander… Read More Reward and recognition . . .