To Travel Your Trail, This Guideance Is Helpful
Every year, there are over 15,000 business/leadership books published. Most of them follow this map:
- I did something great
- Here is how I did it
- You can be great if you … are exactly like me.
That last step is where most break down. Social media accelerates this with sound bites and photos of leaders that are doing things “perfectly” because of some system that they have used (and probably have a financial impact from). I am all for this approach if you know what it is. It is advice and consulting, and the ideas are mostly coming from outside of your experience, and thus, are not really your own.
Coaching Is Different
Coaching is different – the ideas have to come from within – your own opportunities, your own challenges, and also, the particular trail you are on. And, in my 40 years of leadership, there are a few frameworks and skills that will expand your own knowledge of yourself… and help you leverage your own abilities better. They are similar to Scouting Handbooks, or Merit Badge books in that they provide you with practical tools that YOU can make your own, and don’t rest on becoming someone else. The skills they reinforce build up as a part of your own toolkit, and over time, will become as easy as hiking up your favorite mountain.
Some of our earliest influences.
My Proven Set of Guide Books
Given that overview, there are 5 books that I think every leader, actually every human being, should read. These are skills and “merit badges” I leverage every day personally, and eventually with every leader I work with:
Change Your Questions, Change Your Life
This is the go-to book for the most basic skill needed by all leaders… and humans – listening. It is a fast read and gives you easily actionable steps that as you practice them, they will permeate every part of your life. It is like a compass – helping to guide the way with very simple directions.
Choosing what to focus your time and attention on in all areas of life shows up for everyone. This practical guide helps you come up with what is truly essential about being you, and how to set real boundaries to continue to stay focused on that.
The Next Level
If you are working to move up the corporate mountain, this gives you the real “map” to the trails and necessary skills for each level higher. Written from the “failures” of many to succeed as they stepped up, those are reframed into specific proven approaches that will build into your own backpack.
If you CAN’T do the above, or master it, then this will be where you become. Written by the same author as The Next Level, it is very pragmatic steps to take to work back towards Essential elements of who you are and want to become.
Designing Your Life
Finally, many leaders are trying to set out into a different trail, even changing the mountains they are climbing. Built around a proven set of Design Thinking frameworks, DYL again gives you pragmatic skills
Additional Leadership Merit Badges Available
After those, of the 10,000 written EVERY YEAR about leadership, these gems continue to come to the top when prospecting:
Our Collection of Free Coaching Resources
Use these summaries of important leadership concepts as guides to help you on your professional journey.
If You're A Tech Leader or Organization
We're here for you. Let's discuss your goals and whether matching you to one of our coaching services is the best way forward.
No obligation and all information is confidential.