I liked this book, a lot. I liked it so much I wanted to have its author, Mindy Hall PhD, be a guest on my radio show. She agreed. We’re talking on Friday, November 21 at 1:00 P.M. Central. Come listen here.
I’m honored and flattered. She’s busy. She’s President and CEO at Peak Development Consulting LLC , working with clients around the world to create sustainable organiztion and leadership development solutions. That’s a good thing, too. Because what I read in Leading with Intention: Every Moment is a Choice is what leaders of all stripes and all organizational levels should be reading. It’s a wise choice.
My first delight reading her book came on the second page of her Preface. I wrote about it in my post titled Be Here: The Heart of Employee Engagement. More delights would sneak up on me, moment by moment, then launch themselves in a Ta-Dah! kinda way. I would read along, enjoying her writing’s rhythm and pace, smiling at a point she made and then Puh-Pow a series of memories would be triggered. I’d find myself evaluating those memories with a new understanding gained from the paragraph or two I just read.
- Some memories made me cringe, seeing how I could have handled them better. What WERE you thinkin, seriously.
- Some gave me closure - You did the best you could, you can’t control the outcomes.
- A small percentage of these walks down memory lane made me smile, thinking Not bad. You handled that well.
I liked that I had more winces than smiles. That meant I was learning. Learning means I’m likely to handle similar moments now with better results. That comes not just from winces and seeing these moments in a new light but the steps and practices she outlines in her book.
I finished her book a few weeks ago. Since then I wondered how did she do that? How did she ... what ... lull me into relaxing my critical side into listening, accepting, being guided towards each successive Puh-Pow moment.
Obviously, her years working with clients around the world helps. But there’s thousands who do that. There’s tens of thousands of leadership coaches, too. With blogs, they’re all authors, too.
Some writers are so enthusiastic about their ideas (me, sometimes) that if we’re not careful we can come across as didactic, patronizing. We write polemics.
Ms. Hall avoids that trap. She has a writing style that’s easy, fluid, even humble. She approaches the topic with an approach best described as part Socratic and part story-teller. Glancing at her pages, you’ll see a lot of questions marks. She’s making her book interactive, making it about ... you. She also shares her experiences, learning experiences. Very engaging, very connecting. As I connected, I trusted. Trust is key to learning. Every moment is a choice. Every moment I read, I trusted her more and learned more.
Go buy it. Bottomline. Go buy it and see if you have the same experience. Be sure to come listen to us Friday, November 21 at 1:00 P.M. Central here.