Twofer Tuesday: Fear, Coaching and Better Email Responses

Earlier today, I posted these two articles to LinkedIn, and wanted to share them here on the blog as well.

Is fear one of the coach’s best tools?

I think it might be … but possibly not how you’re thinking of it. The fear (anxiety, nervousness, uncertainty) that you want to tap into is not the person you’re coaching or managing, but your own.

When you notice that tautness in your shoulders, that your breath has gone shallow (or maybe you’re holding it), that you’re anxious about asking that question… maybe that’s telling you something interesting. I think we too often back away from the courageous act.

Most of us have had a time when a boss or a colleague has given us “the hard truth” – and it’s often been a crossroads, a defining moment that’s allowed us to step up.

If you’re on the other side of the conversation, that moment – do I tell them/ask them this, or not? – is a little scary. And much of the time, worth sticking with regardless.

You might enjoy the short piece from Seth Godin, which makes a similar point. Go to: Fearlessness is not the same as the absence of fear.

Email: a blessing and a curse for the Time Crunched Manager.

I know you’ve got lots of ninja tools to help you manage your too-full in-box. But the flip side of that is that you’ve also got to get better at writing emails that get opened, read and acted upon.

This short but sweet movie from Dan Pink share two strategies for getting your email opened more often. Go to: How to Pitch Better: The Email Pitch

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