Sunday, April 22, 2012

The power of teaching people to think better

One of my favorite quotes is "Give a Man a Fish, Feed Him For a Day. Teach a Man to Fish, Feed Him For a Lifetime". David Rock, in this excellent book "Quiet Leadership" takes these concepts to the next level and explains the reason for its effectiveness in a scientific and credible manner. He convinces the readers on the effectiveness of the idea and then provides a framework for executing this in our professional lives. This is a must read for all those who want to become more effective leaders and managers

Some of the key concepts he introduces are:
  1. It is difficult to "unlearn" old habits. It is much easier to teach people new habits which overrides the old ones
  2. People learn new habits better when they learn it themselves 
  3. Once people have new tools and know how to use them, they can teach themselves new effective habits 
  4. The tool of a better thought process is the ultimate tool since it can be used across all aspects of their life to become better and effective
In my first start up, my mentor taught me the concepts of "fire in the belly" - have the passion for what you are doing-  as well as "Set the bar high" - stretch goals make for better personal satisfaction/motivation.  So the thoughts presented in this book resonated well with me and reinforced the approach I have been adopting to mentor my team mates.

Read this book and let me know if you agree or disagree with the concepts...

Click here to go to the Author David Rock's personal blog. If you need to visit the official web site of the book, Click here

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