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Don't Try to Do It on Your Own

Academic journal article Manager

Don't Try to Do It on Your Own

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So you want to get on. You have a great development plan, you are motivated to learn and you recognise that you will only improve by challenging yourself. Here's the truth. Without support, you probably won't get anywhere.

A study by Goldsmith and Morgan back in 2005 provides the stark evidence. They said, "Leaders who discussed their own improvement priorities with their co-workers, and then regularly followed up with those co-workers, showed striking improvement. Leaders who had no ongoing dialogue with colleagues showed improvement that barely exceeded random chance."

This is important - especially for men who, research informs us, find it difficult to ask for help. The message here is that if you want to grow in your confidence and ability as a leader or manager, then you need to open up to people around you, tell them what it is that you are working on and ask them for regular feedback.

This ties into the three core principles that sit at the heart of my coaching and development work.

1 You need to notice what life is like now and how you typically show up By showing up I mean what energy you bring, how purposeful you feel, how engaging you are. If, like most people, you notice that sometimes you aren't feeling motivated or productive, then get curious. Why is this so? What keeps you stuck? What stories do you tell yourself about why your life is like this?

2. You need to practise something different If you want to accelerate your performance or effectiveness, then you have to get out in the world and practise; don't just stay in the classroom studying. …

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