About the book
The book, Unlocking Potential: 7 Coaching Skills That Transform Individuals, Teams, and Organizations, was written by Michael K. Simpson and published by Grand Harbor Press on August 12, 2014. This book contains a manageable 160 pages.
In this book Michael promotes coaching as a critical and essential part of leadership. All leaders regardless of corporate level is a coach – however in order to be a coach a leader needs four principles: trust, potential, commitment and execution.
A coach must be trusted in order to be effective. A coach must find potential in the people they are coaching. A coach must be truly committed to an individual they are coaching. Finally, a coach must be able to execute coaching regiments – this above all is the most important.
A leader must have seven coaching skills in order to unlock their worker’s potential. A leader must be able to build trust since trust as state earlier is critical to coaching. A leader must be able to challenge paradigms such as negative thought patterns or beliefs that prevent someone from growing. A leader must be able find clear strategies and be able to execute them. A leader or coach must also be able to give feedback effectively, unlock other people’s potentials and finally improve the performance of mid level performers.
Key Takeaways and commentaries.
Like the books The 7 habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, 2018 challenge day 6 – The Art of the Possible: Create an Organization with No Limitations, and 2018 challenge day 4 – Become a Person of Influence: How to Positively Impact the Lives of Others – Michael believes that good leadership is built around positivity, seeing potential and building up others.
One of the most interesting takeaway is Michael focus on improving the middle performers in the organization, these are performers who are good but not the best, as they have the most room to grow. Not only that but there are a lot more middle performers then star performers hence working to improve the middle is the easiest way to drastically improve numbers.
The other takeaway I had was trust – I’ve noticed that I’ve personally only allowed people I’ve trusted to coach and when I lost trust or faith in a coach – I actually stop following them.
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