WorkLife Book Of The Week: How To Self-Coach, Direct And Lead Effectively

Welcome to WorkLife Book Of The Week. Every week Monday through Sunday I serialise a story from the School of WorkLife book series. I do this each day in under 280 characters, which I post across my social media channels. Then at the end of each week, I bring all 7 daily posts together here as 1 weekly blog post, which I also share on my podcast: WorkLife Book Wisdom.

This week’s WorkLife Book of The Week is: How To Self-Coach, Direct And Lead Effectively

This week’s WorkLife Story of The Week: His Journey To And Discovery Of his Ability to Self-Coach, Direct and Lead: 

Matt’s story of the other side of being a loner was being self-sufficient. And how he realised because of this this he had already developed the ability to self: coach, direct and lead . And actually it came naturally to him. 

MONDAY

Matt loved the autonomy of his role in accounting. He enjoyed working alone and loved the solitude of his role. However, he was required to deliver monthly presentations on the company financials. This was a challenge for him, taking him out of his comfort zone in different ways: 

TUESDAY

1. Talking for fifteen minutes was a big challenge. Matt was a man of few words. 

2. While he loved numbers, he knew he didn’t talk about them in an interesting way. 

3. The monthly presentations were preceded by a networking breakfast. He found small-talk contrived and banal.

WEDNESDAY

Matt did, however, want to continue to learn. There were various workplace learning programmes that he could have tapped into to facilitate this, but he resisted all of them simply because his participation would require him spending more time with people than he wanted. 

THURSDAY

He knew he had to take ownership of his own learning. He was OK with that because the other side of being a loner was that he was extremely self-sufficient. He figured he could achieve this by modelling aspects of learning programmes and adopt a self-coaching approach. Although 

FRIDAY

Matt was a man of few words; he did have a love of words. He read extensively. So, he began by setting out to be more intentional in his reading to learn how writers drew in their audiences. Being analytical allowed him to recognise patterns, which he noted in a spreadsheet. 

SATURDAY

His focus on being intentional about his reading helped him build the vocabulary he needed to overcome his first challenge and also helped with his second challenge by building a story around the numbers. The answer to overcome his third challenge lay in the questions he loved 

SUNDAY

asking of himself. He just needed to shift to asking questions of other people. Questions that would elicit more about who people were, what excited them and what they cared about. This would make for much more interesting conversations. Matt had self-coached his self-learning. 

That’s a wrap on this week’s WorkLife Story of The Week: His Journey To And Discovery Of his Ability to Self-Coach, Direct and Lead: from, the School Of WorkLife book: How To Self-Coach, Direct And Lead Effectively

If you enjoyed Matt’s story, you may also like to learn about the exercises that helped him to continue to self-coach, direct and lead to develop and grow and learn new skills, along with the other stories and assignments in this week’s WorkLife Book of The Week: How To  Self-Coach, Direct And Lead Effectively.

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Come back next Sunday for next week’s WorkLife Story of The Week: Carmel’s Story: Life is Too Short Not to Be Living it Fully from the School Of WorkLife book: How To Use Turning Points To Start Something Different And Better

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The School of WorkLife book series are designed to help you manage your own WorkLife Learning.

Each book tells real WorkLife stories of the successes and challenges people encountered in their WorkLife. Each book also includes the exercises that helped navigate these situations, which are presented as assignments for you to work through.

The stories I share are based on real life WorkLife situations – case studies of the challenges and successes people experienced in navigating the chapters of their WorkLife Story.

I believe stories are a powerful mechanism for teaching, a powerful medium to learn through, and also a powerful way to communicate who you are and what you stand for.

I hope you enjoy the stories and find them helpful in navigating the chapters of your WorkLife story.

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Carmel O’ Reilly: WorkLife Learning Practitioner & Writer Author of School Of WorkLife Books & Your WorkLife Your Way: Created to help you manage your WorkLife Learning Blogger & Podcaster: Telling people’s powerful stories about WorkLife challenges & successes Founder of www.schoolofworklife.com My guiding statement is to help people pursue their WorkLives with greater clarity, passion, purpose and pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes that are accessible to everyone.

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