3 Simple Tools for the Self-Aware Leader

3 Simple Tools for the Self-Aware Leader



“My experience as a leader is that all the conversations that really mattered happened in corridors when I was in transition from one meeting to the next. And it would be really easy — because of the time constraint — to just say, ‘This is what I think you should do…’. And yet, one of the most effective things you can do as a leader is say, ‘What do you think?'”

Jenny Robinson

Phil Renshaw and Jenny Robinson joined me this week with some simple techniques for how to be a better coach to your people in only a few minutes a day. All ideas they’ve captured in their new book, Coaching on the Go: How to lead your team effectively in 10 minutes a day.

Here’s an outline of our conversation. Click play above to join in. . .

2:15 – What’s this book about?
3:50 – Who’s it for?
8:45 – Chapter 6: Self-awareness
– Imposter syndrome: Jenny’s self-doubt on landing a top publisher
14:10 – The same experience from Phil’s perspective

17:10 – 3 tools to be better at Self-awareness:

  • Step back and notice what you notice – Create a break in your routine so that it’s easier to do. An alarm on your phone, etc.
  • 20:40 – Repeating or paraphrasing back what you heard
  • 22:05 – Tentative naming

Phil started his career in international banking, treasury, and finance. Today, he’s a management and executive coach with a special expertise in the value of international assignments.

Jenny has worked in communication, coaching, and change management for most of the last three decades. She is also a visiting fellow and Ph.D. researcher at the Cranfield School of Management in the UK.

You can find out more about their work at www.coachingonthego.co.uk. You can contact Phil at phil@coachingonthego.co.uk and Jenny at jenny@coachingonthego.co.uk.

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Paul Smith is one of the world’s leading experts on business storytelling, a keynote speaker, and bestselling author.

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