The Coaching Habit Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever By Michael Bungay Stanier

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The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier is written for on the clock managers who have no time for long-winded trainings. The Coaching Habit presents several tips and scenarii to help managers specifically identify their emotional, situational or locational triggers. With The Coaching Habit, managers are able to pick up some new skills and define different habits in less than 10 minutes.

Building a coaching habit, as difficult as it is, is an “essential leadership behavior” that should be adopted by most managers in order to:

  • Help their team unlock their true potential
  • Make their team members more confident and therefore self-sufficient
  • Provide purpose to their team

Review

Easy and fast book to read, with great tips for managers who are looking to improve their leadership skills.

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To help people do that, we’ve drawn from some of the insights above and, after testing it out in the real world, created the New Habit Formula: a simple, straightforward and effective way of articulating and kickstarting the new habit you want.

Ratings 3/5

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Michael Bungay Stanier

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So Smart But…: How Intelligent People Lose Credibility – And How They Can Get It Back by Allen K. Weiner

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Summary

Credibility, the quality or power to inspire trust and belief, is essential and strategic to career evolution. It is also difficult to acquire, keep up but easier to lose.

Allen N. Weiner, in So Smart But…, provides tips on how to preserve and enhance your credibility in the workplace. Each tip is illustrated by realistic workplace scenarios.

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According to Allen N. Weiner, credibility is 45% how you look, 45%  how you sound and 10% what you say.

 

In agreement with McCroskey, scholar in West Virginia University, there are five factors of credibility:

  1. Competence. This quality is acquired when an employee has succeeded to:
    • Champion the company’s vision
    • Engage in innovation
    • Focus on performance and results
    • Build a high performance organization
    • Explain concept with the appropriate message
    • Calibrate a message to a specific listener.

credibilitylostCredibility is easily lost if someone:

  • is not understanding or is reacting inappropriately to an issue at hand
  • is lacking better judgement in order to make the right decisions
  • reflects too long before making a decision.
  1. Character. This quality is acquired when an employee has succeeded to:
    • Foster a climate of innovation
    • Foster and model the company’s values.

credibilitylostCredibility is easily lost if someone:

  • is lacking passion and drive for their work
  • is arrogant. This character flaw can be corrected by changing your words when addressing your colleagues, expressing interest in them, asking for advice, listening more in conversations and sharing your personal weaknesses
  • cannot manage emotions very well
  • has it out for some people in their organization.
  1. Composure. This quality is acquired when an employee has succeeded to:
    • Manage workforce performance
    • Delegate appropriately.

credibilitylostCredibility is easily lost if someone:

  • is not timely (not punctual with deliveries, appears frantic and rushing,…)
  • cannot manage emotions very well
  • maneuver their body language to manifest their belonging
  • decorate and manage their personal space
  • does not look the part by not applying the company’s dress code, by not grooming oneself when coming to work or even by not working out.
  1. Sociability. This quality is acquired when an employee has succeeded to demonstrate interpersonal skills.
  2. Extroversion as defined in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). This quality is acquired when an employee has succeeded to passionately drive the company’s strategy.

Review

This self-development book is very relatable, accurate and was very difficult to read since I have met up with most of the scenarios and possess some of the corporate personality flaws discussed in this book.

Furthermore, every argument is properly illustrated with realistic scenario and is not gender biased.

According to Allen N. Weiner, to climb the social ladder, it seems that one needs to :

  • comply to too many non written rules, indicative of a rigid and intolerant society that is the corporate world. Is it possible to apply every single one of these rules  to the cost of spreading oneself very thinly?
  • be likeable to succeed when, in my opinion, likeability can only take you so far. Indeed, in my experience, it is preferable and more effective to be respected in corporate culture because being liked puts you on equal footing with your pairs, constitutes additional emotional work and subjects you to fluctuating and random external opinion. Nevertheless, according to Allen N. Weiner, people who are not liked are trying to find excuses instead of trying to be liked.
  • adapt, be accepted by your pairs or fitting in. Fitting in is very hard to do but not impossible to do. Check out the article Signs that You are a good fit for your new job..

Ratings 4/5

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Allen N. Weiner

#ENTRYLEVELTweet by Heather R. Huhman Taking Your career from classroom to cubicle

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#ENTRYLEVELTweet by career expert Heather R. Huhman is intended for newly college graduates with absolutely no idea how to transit from the classroom to the cubicle.

Heather R. Huhman is the founder and president of Come Recommended. Introduced to the working sphere without guidance, she is adamant about helping recent graduates to launch their career.

This easy read book amasses 140 inspiring tweets and gives out helpful job searching tips, to newly college graduates, about:

  • Identifying and highlighting your professional strengths
  • Crafting your resumes, cover letter and any other tools necessary
  • Being present on various social media and using your profile in order to connect directly with the hiring managers
  • Networking and creating relationships with hiring managers
  • Applying for jobs and and scheduling job interviews
  • Managing different job offers without burning bridges
  • Navigating office politics and making a lasting good impression on your boss and coworkers

Review

#ENTRYLEVELTweet by career expert Heather R. Huhman is a fast and easy read and gathers both practical and motivational tips that, I believe, can be helpful to boost your job search.

I wish that there would be more practical illustrations and detailed tweets on how to navigate office politics.

Favorite quotes

Tweet 2 Others, namely your parents, will “strongly encourage” you to take the first job you’re offered out of college

Tweet 5 Don’t beat yourself up for not making the right choice at first—most of us don’t!

Tweet 52 If you have large gaps in your résumé due to removing all unrelated positions, include them in Additional Experience. No bullets.

Tweet 112 Read industry publications and blogs. It’s important to keep up with the news and latest trends in your industry.

Tweet 131 If you are not entirely certain you understand what your supervisor wants when he or she has given you an assignment, speak up!

Tweet 132 Become the go-to person for something in the office, whether it’s building PowerPoint presentations or navigating social media.

Tweet 133 Keep your opinions to yourself, and be aware of negative “types” in the office. Don’t partake in gossip!

Ratings: 3/5