Bonni and I tackle questions from the Coaching for Leaders community on staying motivated and many other topics.
Guest: Bonni Stachowiak
￼Question from Gabriel [Audio]
Question from Torrey: I would like to know if you have a group on book reads or know of any groups I can join to get advice about good reading for leadership? For example which of Peter Drucker’s books should I read?
- Subscribe to Coaching for Leaders weekly update for a reader’s guide to the 10 Leadership Books That Will Help You Get Better Results From Others
- Check out Dave’s personal reading library on GoodReeds
- Dave recommended Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute*
- Dave and Bonni recommended The Essential Drucker by Peter Drucker*
- Bonni recommended The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz*
- Bonni recommended The Empowered Manager by Peter Block*
- Bonni recommended Difficult Conversations by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen and Roger Fisher*
- Bonni recommended The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge*
Question from Busakorn: I was wondering if you could advise a great book for selling skills?
- Bonni recommended Let’s Get Real or Let’s Not Play by Mahan Khalsa and Randy Illig
- Bonni recommended SPIN Selling by Neil Rackham*
Question from Torrey: I would like the partners to be motivated enough to complete their reporting and liquidations with a concern for quality and timing, and not have to constantly ask and remind them. I want them to WANT to complete their reporting and do a good job, but right now they do not seem too concerned about it. How can we motivate them to improve their performance?
- What’s the “why” behind the “what?”
- On The Folly Of Rewarding A While Hoping For B by Steven Kerr
Question from anonymous: I had decided a few weeks ago that my time with my company has expired and it was the moment to move on. I have a second interview coming and while the change scares me, I think it’s needed. My health and marriage are affected so change should be good. My reason for leaving is because of people and I cannot figure out a way to deliver the message without sounding whiny. I don’t want to burn any bridges at all but I also need to be firm and not allow my boss to convince me to stay. Do you have suggestions?
– Bonni recommended Michael Hyatt’s podcast on 7 Actions To Take Before You Quit Your Job
Question from Armando [Audio]
- Be intentional about what goes in and surround yourself with people who bring life to you
- Give yourself grace!
- Dave recommended episode #85: Ten Ways to Pick Yourself Up When You’re Beaten Down
- Dave’s past article One Interaction That Enhances Performance In The Best Employees might be a helpful idea as well
- “If you act enthusiastic you’ll be enthusiastic.” -Dale Carnegie
Question from Paola: As a very structured person I am quite good organized when it comes to clear and specific tasks. But to be honest I feel kind of lost when I have to do projects or strategic work with no clear way, structure or tasks. Can you provide some ideas on that?
– Dave recommended Basecamp for project management
– Dave uses and recommends MindNode (Mac*) (iPhone and iPad*) for mind mapping
– Bonni’s question to stakeholders: “When this is done, what will success look like?”
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