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Leaders Listen Baseball Style

Listening is like baseball. It works best with foul lines and a chance to hit the ball inside those lines. A good listener marks out the chalk lines and pitches to the talker so they can hit the ball within the lines. So, it’s okay to find out the topic. It’s okay to set a time limit. It’s okay to ask questions that will help the talker make a hit. It’s not as okay to...
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Great questions for listening

Michael Bungay Stanier, in his great book, The Coaching Habit, gives us seven coaching questions that help with listening. They are: The Kickstart Question — What’s on your mind?  The AWE Question — And what else? The Focus Question — What’s the real challenge here? The Foundation Question — What do you want? The Lazy Question — How can I...
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Failure! The Key to Success!

Failure! The Key to Success. So, sit in the front seat of the roller coaster and go for it! “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill “80% of success is just showing up.” — Woody Allen “Go on failing. Go on. Only next time try to fail better.” – Samuel Beckett “The outward person perishes, but the inward person is renewed...
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Keep Calm and Recap

“Yes, that’s it,” and  “Exactly,” and “You got it,” are the responses you hear when you slow down to summarize what someone is sharing with you. Then you may hear their highlight, “I’m happy that you accurately repeated back a brief summary of each main item I shared. It lets me know you’re listening.” Sharing what you heard and...
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“Onward Through the Fog!”—R. Crumb

Perfection fosters procrastination.  We dream. Then, as we think about putting feet-t0-our-dreams, the dark cloud of perfection reminds us that there is no use in even starting since it won’t be perfect anyway. And starting is exactly how to begin! Step right into that gloomy fog of procrastination. Start with a tiny step that takes 60 seconds or less. Then see what happens. My tiny step...
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