I am extremely lucky to do work I love and was put on this planet to do. I celebrate with gratitude my work as leadership coach, coaching supervisor, facilitator, and learning and talent strategist.
Looking back, I was always a coach, before I knew what coaching was. I walk alongside the humans I engage with, my clients (and my friends, my direct reports, my colleagues, my family) to be a thought partner. Listening is a skill and gift I offer to the world. I ask powerful questions and listen to the answer. Being fully present is at the core of my coaching and supervision and is in itself a tremendous gift to my clients. Thought partnership is about joining with my clients to help them to find the answers they seek, believing they are capable and whole.
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When groups defer to the most assertive person in the room, they reward confidence over competence. The danger of speaking with conviction is that it can stifle critical thinking and silence dissent. We learn more from people who explore ideas than those who attack and defend.
The highest compliment from someone who disagrees with you is not “You were right.” It’s “You made me think.” Good arguments help us recognize complexity where we once saw simplicity. The ultimate purpose of debate is not to produce consensus. It’s to promote critical thinking.
Many people fail to benefit from constructive feedback because they overreact and undercorrect. When a helpful suggestion feels like a big threat to your ego, you only make a small change to your habits. The best way to learn is to overcorrect. Discomfort is a sign of growth.