And what else?
Those are the 3 magic words I wish I was smart enough to say 10 years ago.
At that point I was running a small manufacturing company, and in meetings with my staff I had a habit of asking them “Is that everything?”
In my head, I was asking them if there was anything else they wanted to cover. In their head, I was trying to wrap up the meeting and get on with more important things.
Small change, big difference.
“And what else?” is just one of the Seven Essential Questions you’ll put in your tool kit from:
The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier.
The best coaching question in the world is this: “And what else?”
It may seem simple, but it has magical properties. When you ask, “And what else?” you’ll get more options and often better options. Better options lead to better decisions, which will lead to greater success. Often as a coach, it’s tempting to give advice rather than ask a question. “And what else?” breaks the cycle. It tames the Advice Monster. And, in a situation where you’re not entirely sure what’s going on and you need just a moment to figure things out, it buys you some time.
That’s just one of the insights you’ll learn from this book, and I’d like to invite you to take 10 minutes at some point today to learn the other 6. Don’t wait 10 years like I did.
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Today is the book’s one-year anniversary, and to celebrate Michael has put it on sale for only 99 cents for your Kindle (or through the Kindle app on your phone, tablet or computer).
It’s been the #1 coaching book on Amazon for 95% of the last year for a reason (and on the Wall Street Journal best seller list, and featured by Forbes, and…you get the idea) – it’s awesome.
Dan Pink calls it “simple yet profound”, and Brene Brown says that it’s “practical and inspiring.” I say it’s the best 99 cents you’ll spend all year and that you should buy one for every manager in your company.
It’s on sale until Sunday, March 5 @ 11:59pm EST.
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