Coaching your employees is a critical tool for your direct reports growth and your organizations success. Bungay Stanier’s new book, The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever, covers seven questions that, when followed, will profoundly change your leadership game. Unlike other coaching training that’s overly theoretical, too complicated, a little boring and divorced from the reality of your busy work life, Bungay Stanier contends that the New Habit Formula, Seven Essential Questions and Masterclass
Why Did I Write This Guide? You have dreams. I know this because I have dreams, we all do. But unfortunately, for a lot of us achieving these dreams is easier said than done. In order to get things done, we need an actionable plan for doing so. I wrote this guide to help you build that plan and take action on it every day. Who Is This Guide For? This is a guide for two people: (1) someone with
Book Recommendation #4: The Lean Startup by Eric Ries Two weeks ago, we talked about The Dip— a book about recognizing your own limitations and narrowing your focus in order to achieve great things. This week, we’ll talk about Eric Ries’s, the Lean Startup, and look at what that kind of narrowed focus can accomplish. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries The Lean Startup is kind of like the Bootstrapper’s Bible. It’s one of those books that is so essential to
Developing yourself as an entrepreneur isn’t easy. In addition to learning and practicing new skills—networking, public speaking, leadership—you’re also going to spend a huge portion of your time with your nose in a book. It’s actually one of the most common things I hear from other professionals: “Read. Read often. Read everything.” Unfortunately, not all books are created equal. If you’re like me, you may find that some books can be a little dense. Others are confusing. Others may put
Ask the Ultimate Question – NPS the way to measure greatness I’ve always disliked the traditional customer survey. The list of questions about how you use the service, the vague requests for “suggestions to improve”. We decided early on that we wouldn’t bore our customers with yet another survey. We also knew that often the information gleaned from one of these surveys is rarely actionable.
Book Recommendation #3: The Dip by Seth Godin In our last book review, we talked about failure— how to escape its magnetic pull. This week we’ll have a look at Seth Godin’s, The Dip and talk about a different approach to failure: accepting it. The Dip by Seth Godin Godin argues that sometimes, when the going gets tough, your best course of action is to stop pushing forward. Yes, the book also talks about how you can push through challenges (when necessary)
Business isn’t easy. You’re bound to make mistakes, fail time and again, and miss just as awesome as you hit. It’s the same for all of us, that’s just the nature of the game. And it’s precisely because of these failures that you’ll learn the lessons required to propel you towards success. But learning from your mistakes can be painful. That’s why, across the entrepreneur community, from business leaders in every industry, you’ll hear the same thing: “find a mentor”.
A recent article from Lifehacker made the bold claim that “Self-Improvement Is Impossible Without Self-Awareness”. And they’re not alone. A 2010 study on the role self-awareness plays in leadership showed, “a high self-awareness score [to be] the strongest predictor of overall success.” Bottom line: if you
The fourth and final test in our self-awareness series, the Entrepreneurial Aptitude Test (EAT) is a newer test that claims to “identify your unique make-up of key ‘entrepreneurial DNA’.” What is it? The Entrepreneurial Aptitude Test was specifically designed for entrepreneurs attempting to build better self-awareness. The results are based on six years of interviews with successful leaders and research into what makes an effective entrepreneur. Why did I choose it? This one was a no-brainer. Of all the tests,
This is the third test in our ongoing mini-series on self-awareness. Today we’re looking at the Kolbe test and using it to learn a little more about ourselves. The Kolbe test is significantly different from the other tests so far and gives you a interesting look at yourself. What is it? The previous two tests were great indicators of aptitude. They give you a good understanding of what you’re good at and where your strengths lie. On the other hand, the