10 Lessons from The Coaching Habit

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Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier

10 lessons from The Coaching Habit


1. Focus on asking questions instead of giving advice. Asking open-ended questions encourages people to think for themselves, generate their own solutions, and take ownership of their problems.


2. Use powerful questions to spark insight and action. Powerful questions are those that are open-ended, focused on the future, and encourage reflection and action.


3. Be comfortable with silence. Don't feel pressured to fill the silence after asking a question. Give people time to think and respond thoughtfully.


4. Listen actively and attentively. Pay attention to both verbal and nonverbal cues to fully understand the other person's perspective.


5. Avoid asking leading questions that suggest a specific answer. Leading questions can shut down conversation and prevent the other person from sharing their true thoughts.


6. Use questions to explore different perspectives. Ask questions that encourage people to consider multiple viewpoints and challenge assumptions.


7. Use questions to help people set goals and take action. Asking questions can help people clarify their goals, identify obstacles, and develop plans for overcoming them.

10 lessons from The Coaching Habit


8. Use questions to provide feedback. Asking questions can help people understand the impact of their actions and identify areas for improvement.


9. Use questions to build rapport and trust. Asking questions shows that you are interested in the other person and their thoughts and feelings.


10. Make asking questions a habit. The more you practice asking questions, the better you will become at using them to coach and support others.


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