“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
– Peter Drucker, management consultant and author
One of the most important elements of a coaching relationship is the gift of feedback. Many (if not most) of life’s greatest lessons occur following experiential learning, rather than head or book lessons. Drucker, who is considered by many as one of the great pioneers of modern leadership and management, knew this well over the course of his distinguished career.
Practice the following three-step self-coaching exercise to gain greater insight into your efforts and increase your effectiveness:
Step 1: Ask yourself what is working or not working regarding your current efforts.
Step 2: Reflect on what your desired goal or outcome is beyond the current status.
Step 3: Brainstorm alone or perhaps with a friend or colleague some new or different actions that will likely get you to your goal.
Feel free to repeat this process as often as needed.