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Friday, October 23, 2009

FINAL: Acton Mastery—Leading Through Coaching

Leadership from the Inside Out by Kevin Cashman remains one of my top picks for teaching leaders how tob become the best leader they can be...starting within themselves.

This is the FINAL of the series about Leadership from the Inside Out (second edition)

Acton Mastery—Leading Through Coaching

a. Leaders need to be flexible and adaptable and to be available. Teachers, leaders, coaches have existed since man asked the first question of another person. Action mastery steps are Awareness, Commitment and Practice.

b. Action Awareness: Become self aware—emotionally and socially intelligent. 360’s work. Also, ask people to give you feedback. You must be willing to hold a mirror up to your own face and not blink.

--Great book....buy it and share it with people you care about.

c. Building Commitment: Boldly stepping up to a challenge needs to become our default—not worrying about failure. Best quote of the book (and there are MANY great quotes in this book): “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” –Calvin Coolidge

d. Practice: If practice improves us, then coaching and follow-through perfects us.
i. Great study from Zenger, Folkman and Sherwin. Companies typically invest 10% of their resources in Phase I of development or Prework; they invest 85% in Phase II or Leaning/Teaching Events; and 5% in Phase III or Follow up and Coaching. However, learning events followed up by coaching culminated in a 73% improved result over training alone!
ii. No wonder that 60% of corporate leadership programs include coaching. Somebody’s starting to figure it out!

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