Idea #73 Speed up your Reading

Do it When you want to develop your team members. 
As you know team members do not have time to read books. Consequently, if they do not read, they cannot develop their skills. So here is one tip how you can motivate them to develop themselves on a daily basis. Every week one of them should start to read a book. During that week he/she should read only 30 pages of the book. At the next meeting he/she should make a small presentation on what he /she has learned. Then, all other members of the team should write down their own ideas about: How it can be implemented in their organisation. After you do that just once per week for one year period, you all will have 6 books read. On the top of it, you will have a special box full of ideas that can be implemented in your organisation. This is something that I suggest to all companies I cooperate with. Everyone is in the good mood praticing: presentation skills, brainstorming ideas, as well as learning something totally new and developing each member of the team.
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Now coaching questions for you:
1. Which book do you suggest that we should read concerning change?
2. Which book do you suggest that we should read concerning personal development?
3. Which book do you suggest that we should read concerning professional development?
4. Which book from your cultural heritage has made the strongest influence on you?
5. What book do you need to read to put yourself on the next level of knowledge?
Thank you for sharing your ideas!

Idea #70 Motivation book

Do it When your want to motivate yourself whenever you feel like thatIn addition, a motivation book could be used as a present for someone you want to make tick. Motivation is like hygiene. The same as we have to wash our face every day, we also have to motivate ourselves day to day. In the picture is the reference book I made for my friend. I asked our colleagues, each of them to write or draw on paper their thoughts about him. Then, I collected all paper sheets with their drawn thoughts and put them in a binder. I decided to use a special occasion, his birthday, and prior to his lecture to give him the motivation book as a present. He was so touched, and we were all so happy. Like Charles R. Swindoll said: “I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy.” I know that we gave him “a heart full of joy“, but more than that we gave him The Reference book for Motivation. Whenever he wants to boost his motivation, he just has to open the book and to leaf through pages. He will find so many positive things about himself which will raise his motivation to the next level. I know that I have given you an idea, but that is not enough. Go right away and write a motivation book to someone you love!

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Now coaching questions for you:
1. Just imagine that you would receive The Reference book for Motivation.
Explain it in details.

2. Why would it be so important to you?  
3. How will that book affect your future actions?
Thank you for sharing your ideas!

Idea #69 Life is a carousel

Today is my birthday and I want to thank all my friends on social networks who have made this day even more special to me. So, I want to give them something in return. This idea is dedicated to all of you. You can do it When your employees have to think about your company’s values.  A carousel or merry-go-round is an amusement ride consisting of a rotating circular platform with seats for riders. The “seats” are traditionally in the form of rows of wooden horses or other animals mounted on posts, many of which are moved up and down by gear work to simulate galloping, to the accompaniment of looped circus music. The earliest known depiction of a carousel is in a Byzantine bas-relief dating to around 500 A.D., which depicts riders in baskets suspended from a central pole. Your employees will have to make a carousel from a candle, a wire and paper. The instruction is shown on the picture below, but the main task is to choose seats for the riders. Just imagine that your company is represented by carousel. What would be the presentations for seats? Horses are not allowed! What seats will you choose? If you divide employees into the groups, each group will make its own carousel (the presentation of your company) and will explain its work in the end.
karusel 2Now coaching questions for you:
1. Imagine that your life is a carousel and seats are stages of your life. How many seats will you have?
2. What will the presentation of each part of your life look like?
3. Now think about your life as a carousel and what changes will you make?
Thank you for sharing your ideas!

Idea #68 3 years to retirement

Do it When your employees have to think about themselves. From time to time it is necessary that we all make this exercise. You are going to get retired. Be relaxed, it will not happen this year, but in 3 years. So, you will have a lot of time to make some changes. Imagine that during that ceremony 3 persons will talk about you. The first one will be your boss. Write down what will be his/her 5 sentences about you. The second person will be your colleague, someone that is at the same level of hierarchy in the company with you. Write down what will be his/her 5 sentences about you. The third person will be your subordinate. If you have no one that is at lower level of hierarchy than you, imagine that you have someone that is just 3 months in your company. Write down what will be his/her 5 sentences about you. When all employees finish with this task, ask them to grade their satisfaction on the scale from 1 to 10 when the 10 is maximum. Ask them to write down one action for each from those 3 people that will move their level of satisfaction for one grade. Tell them to make a plan for implementing those actions.
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Now coaching questions for you:
1. In which areas of your life would you find useful to implement a similar game?
2. Who would be a more appropriate person to talk about you instead of your boss, your colleague and your subordinate?
3. Why is her/his opinion of you important to you?
Thank you for sharing your ideas!

Idea #61 Day in a week without cell phone

Do it When you want to make a better relationship. This idea is closely connected to your private life. Since every businessman has a strong urge to balance his private and business life, this idea would affect your business life.The idea is to turn off your cell phone once in a week. Let’s say it would be Sunday. Make an agreement with your partner to turn off cell phones for whole Sunday. Can you survive it? If you can succeed in it, I would like to congratulate you.  This little idea could affect your business life and improve your relationship with your partner. And when you improve your relationship…, anything is possible. :)  Remember, what  your Bikram Choudhury said:  “Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again.”

Now, coaching questions for you:
1. Just imagine your perfect relationship with your partner. What does it look like?
2. How do you describe this relationship in one sentence?
3. What would be the time frame for this goal?
4. Why is this goal important to you?
5. Who would you be when you reach that goal?
6. Why is that so important to you?
7. How close are you to your goal?
8. What steps do you need to do according to your time frame
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9. What else do you think your partner expects from you to do to benefit from it?
10. How are you going to commit yourself to stick to your plan?
Thank you for your ideas

Idea #60 My good colleague

Do it When you want to make a stronger connection in a team. Everyone in a group has to make a profile of someone else without making so obvious who that person is. In fact the point is to tell the truth about that person, but to make it so hard to recognize. Sentences could be: “She is a cat lover. She prefers to wear a white shirt. He always makes jokes. He has a degree in economics. She is very charismatic. He is a book lover. “Another criterion is that other people can’t say: “Yeah, we all like going to the parties!” So the profile really has to be unique to that person. In the end discuss what new  you have learned about people in your team. The better we know each other, the sooner we grow as a team. Remember what Clara Ortega said: “To the outside world we all grow old. But not to our brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.”

Now, coaching questions for you:
1. Imagine that your boss has to make a recommendation of your work. What unique skill is likely to be mentioned?
2. Why is that skill so important for your work?
3. How would you scale your level of possessing that skill on a scale from 1 to 10?
4. Who would you be if you upgraded your skill even on a higher level?
5. How would your new level of skill influence your job?
6. Now by having that new level on your mind tell us what the action plan for that achievement has been?
7. What would you add to that plan?
8. Where are you going to place your action plan?
Thank you for your ideas and good luck!

Idea #52 Measure your skills to reach Flow

Do it When you set goals with your employee. We have discussed about Flow during Tesla Idea #47. Now, just ask your employee to measure his present skills. Next he has to measure his necessary skills in next period (3 months, 6 months, 1 year…) concerning that he will be still in the state of Flow. Now use coaching wheel. Your employee will have to make necessary action steps constantly having improvement on coaching wheel. Then your employee just has to make that action. As great Benjamin Franklin said: “Well done is better than well said.” Having in mind an Italian proverb: “Between saying and doing many pair of shoes are worn out.”

Now, coaching questions for you:
1. Imagine that you are in 6 months from now. You are still in a state of Flow. Just say on coaching wheel measuring level of necessary skills where would you be?
2. Now, for each skill make necessary action steps.
3. When would you do each action step?
4. How beneficial for you will be making system that will help you in measuring each skill?
5. How will that system look like?
6. Where else would you use that system?
7. Who else will benefit form that system?
8. How are you going to commit yourself to stay in flow during next 6 months?
 Thank you for your time.

Idea #47 Your personal Flow

Do it When you want to talk about personal development. Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. Proposed by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, the positive psychology concept has been widely referenced across a variety of fields. We are going to use it by drawing a diagram where your coachee will point where he is right now on skill level. Then he will point where he is on challenge level. Next step is to point where he wants to be in 6 months period wishing to be in a state of Flow. Immediately he will have coordination where he has to be in skill level. Now he will have to make action plan how he will come to that level of skills.

Now, coaching questions for you:
1. What is the area of your life where you want to make progress?
2. Where are you right now on this diagram on skills scale?
3. Where are you right now on this diagram on challenge scale?
4. How satisfied you are with this state on a scale from 1 to 10?
5. How important to you is to make a progress?
6. Where you would like to be on this flow channel in 6 months period?
7. Who would you be when you made that progress?
8. How challenging it would be to you?
9. What level of skills would be correspondent to that state of flow?
10. Now, tell me what actions you need to take in time frame of 6 months?
11. What would be the very first step?
12. What will be the first sign that you are on the right track?
13. How would you feel when you have to make the very step?
14. How happy you are with this session?
Thank you and good luck.

Idea #45 Stand for coaching air magic sticks

Do it When you want to raise self esteem in people. On every training bring stand like one on picture below. Tell participants that it is stand for air magic sticks for coaching. Ask each one of them to take one air magic stick. They will use it on their everyday work or in life. But now they will have air magic sticks that will help them.
Whenever they have some question air magic stick will give them answer. 

Coaching questions for you are as follows:
1. What do you regard as the biggest challenge at the moment?
2. How do you know that you have been handling that challenge successfully?
3. How would you feel if you managed to cope with that challenge?
4. Which means would you use to reach the set goal?
5. What would be your first step to attain that goal?
6. Make a list of all further steps.
7. What would be the most useful system for dealing with any future challenges?
8. What else would you find beneficial to achieving your goals?
Thank you for your ideas.

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Idea #40 Leadership by the finger

Do it during training when you want to point that managing people is 2 way street. Divide participants in pairs. They have to stand facing each other.
Person A has to point his/her finger just next to the nous of person B. Just give instruction that person A has to move his/her finger and person B has to maintain the same distance between his nous and finger of person A. Very soon everyone will show their real personality. Some people will just move finger left to right without moving arm. But, some of them will give them a full speed and creativity making spirals with finger. After 2 minutes ask them to switch the roles. The very next moment you will hear laugh, because everyone knows what will happen. Those who were gentle will receive the same treatment. But the other ones will experience rollercoaster journey. This is the best way to show participants, especially managers that we are all dealing with people like us.

Now, coaching questions for you:
1. Imagine yourself giving feedback to one of your employee. On the same time you have noticed that in the room is (invisible for your employee) person who is your managing role model. That person is standing in one corner of your office observing what is happening. Tell me more about that person. What are his/here values?
2. Why is she/he your role model?
3. Imagine that you have left you conscious mind and come into head of your role model. Now you are looking with eyes of your role model at you delivering feedback to your employee. Feel what he/she feels. Listen to his/her
thoughts. What positive facts will your role model say about you?
4. What positive will your role model say about your behaving during feedback?
5. What that person will suggest to you for the purpose of being better?
6. Now go back to your body. Think about everything what you heard from him/her?
7. How beneficial will be implementing it?
8. In which situations you will implement that?
9. How are you going to commit yourself that you are going to do like that?
Thank you for your thoughts. How beneficial was this for you?