Ninety-three percent of Americans believe that their driving skills are better than average, which, of course, is not possible. There is something else we all believe we’re better than average at, much better in fact, and that is giving other people advice. I might have trouble solving my own problems, but your problems? Let me dial up that answer for you. This idea is challenged on many different levels by award-winning author and the number one thought leader in coaching, Michael Bungay Stanier, in his wonderful new book, The Advice Trap: Be Humble, Stay Curious, and Change the Way You Lead Forever. And he’s with us now.
Coaches rely far too much on asking open-ended questions, says my next guest. She maintains that reflective inquiry to complement those questions can help provide insights and potential breakthroughs. All this and much more is captured in a fascinating new book called Coach the Person, Not the Problem: A Guide to Using Reflective Inquiry. And it’s a pleasure to have with us its author, Dr. Marcia Reynolds.