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Coaching Leaders: Guiding People Who Guide Others by Marshall Goldsmith, Daniel White

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Chapter 12

The Timing of Learning and Change

Over the past fifty years, educators and psychologists have come to recognize the importance of readiness in the processes of learning and behavior change. Children learn to read when they are ready. People stop smoking when they are ready. And leaders learn new skills when they are ready. Readiness is often motivated by changes in the person's environment, such as a new position for a leader, peer pressure for a young reader, or a doctor's stern warning for a smoker. Readiness can be accelerated through coaching conversations. But largely, it is up to conscious and unconscious forces within the individual to determine when they fully engage in the process of learning and change.

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