Anyone who has ever read a book review from me, or spent much time with me knows that I'm not real big on a bunch of words that mean nothing without aAnyone who has ever read a book review from me, or spent much time with me knows that I'm not real big on a bunch of words that mean nothing without any actions. I knew this book was going to give actionable advice that was going to be immediately applicable and usable when she used the subtitle "Throw Out The Dictionary" in chapter four. Eileen McDargh reminded us in this book that we are human beings. Everything we experience (good/bad, stress, events, et cetera) changes us forever. Recognizing this fact of being forever changed is key to letting events either knock us down or us being able to grow through them.
One of the great models (...and I love models) that McDargh gave us in the book was the "CAT scan." It is her acronym for CHECK what claims your time, ASSESS why and how; Is it of value?; and, TAKE action (what can you amend, avoid, alter, or accept). This is so insightful and gives us strategies and tools to take control of how we live a life filled with purpose and meaning. McDargh taught us that your legacy is more important that our eulogy. She asked the questions of us in the book, "What will people say when they hear your name?" and "Why are you on this planet?" Those are pretty powerful things for us to think about. If our "why" is crystal clear and we are steadfast to that "why" we will have the energy to work tirelessly, without burnout, toward completing our role in society.
This is one of those books that everyone should read no matter role you are playing in society. Today, as I write this review, we are in Day 149 of the Global COVID-19 Pandemic and I believe this book is an incredible guide as we are "building resilience to refuel, recharge, and reclaim what matters....more
This book truly was written as a coach’s guide to reflective inquiry. As a person who coached, mentored, and worked alongside a new school principal tThis book truly was written as a coach’s guide to reflective inquiry. As a person who coached, mentored, and worked alongside a new school principal this year, I found myself wanting to tell stories and use reflective inquiry as I read, highlighted, and dog-eared the pages of this great book. Of course, I love the fact that Dr. Reynolds used case studies instead of acronyms for bringing clarity to her teaching. This book provides information that is immediately actionable.
Dr. Reynolds put five tools in our reflective inquiry toolbox in this book:
1. Focus: coaching the person, not the problem 2. Active replay: playing back the pivotal pieces for review. 3. Brain hacking: finding the treasures in the box 4. Goaltending: staying the course 5. New and next: coaxing insights and commitments
She also gave us three mental tips to provide psychological safety. I am so appreciative that Dr. Reynolds spent time in the book discussing how our brains work and why psychological safety is so important. I believe this might be one of the biggest issues in organizational culture today. I even tweeted the following while reading the book: “I’m always appalled when someone tells me they are nervous & fearful of talking to their leaders. This is aweful! ❤️ Love that @MarciaReynolds addresses the brain science of this in her new book #CoachThePerson. ...more