What an evening I had tonight! First, I got to spend time on a phone call with my mentor Matthew Furey. During his call, he gave me a lot of things to think about, many of them key ideas that you can use for yourself with your organization or team.
For example, he started the call by saying something positive. He was encouraging. He said that I was doing some good things.
Then he warned me that he wasn't all about that, though.
Next, he spent some time coaching. Giving his insights. Giving me something to think about. Showing me what I haven't been able to see. And challenging me to step up.
These were general insights that many people could learn from.
Lastly, he did a direct critique of some work that I had done. Now here's the thing: I knew that it needed work. It was difficult for me to even present it to him. But, I knew that I had to get moving; I had to get started. It was time to get off my butt and get it out there for comment.
He started with a compliment.
Then, he blew it up!
I listened. I took notes. I wanted to capture everything that my mentor had to say. He's a smart
guy and I want to learn all I can. So, I kept my mouth shut and typed into my Mac as fast as I could.
Now, I've got some work to do.
It can be hard to listen. I often hear people argue with their coaches. In sports, business, and life, it seems, everyone is more concerned about being seen as right than they are with getting stuff done well. Think about that. There's something for you to learn in it.
Until next time, it's time to get stuff done!
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