Volume 2, Issue 4 | May 2018
What Steps do You Take To Develop Yourself?

We have more power in our hands than we believe, to determine where it is we go and how. While last month's theme of Self-Help urged each of us to stop and assess ourselves, so as to empower our own self-realization and self-understanding, this month's theme of Development pushes our growth and advancement forward off of that foundation.

The Self-Help issue called on us to look inward to determine what we want and need for ourselves, in order to build a solid foundation. Only then can we look outward to take stock of what around us either helps or hinders us in that effort.
Development builds off of that reflection and takes many forms such as formal education, mentorship, shadowing, asking questions, reading, or meeting and working with the right people, including accountability partners. It's a never-ending path. The more we work at it, the better we can become, while the more passive we become, the more stagnation creeps in, crippling our potential. And we can sharpen our practice and habit of development in whichever area we target, whether in work or life.

In this issue of The Monthly Leader, Development is considered for leadership because it is what builds us up to meet our challenges, by refining and ensuring our effectiveness. The Coach It Out Podcasts cover different angles on development. Quickshots covers the blog post In Your Development And Journey, Have You Ever Thought About Why You Haven’t Quit? In The Books covers the book Leadership & Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box, and The Self 60 speaks to the item Know Your End Game.

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John M. Jaramillo
Founder and Leadership Coach
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No shortage of ideas exists in the Coach It Out Blog . From leadership lessons in global or domestic news, business and workplace operations, various ideas are covered.

Development isn't just about moving forward but also working to avoid slippage backwards. Not developing someone or effectively tapping into their ability and drive hinders growth, muddles clarity, and compromises effectiveness. Seeing the opportunity for development can drive people to improve.
Your Monthly Check-In
Topic: Development

How do you view your own ability to grow beyond
what you're capable of today?

What are the best resources around you to sharpen your development?

Have you considered what limitations you put on yourself when it comes to development and growth?

Are you proactively seeking the right opportunities for your development?
Great Reads for

Here are some great articles
to begin and continue development:

Goal Setting

Talent Development

Leadership Development

Coach It Out's podcasts seek to provide insight, share ideas, and start discussions across four different series.

Check out the introductory episodes for the four series  here .

What would you like to hear about?

What would you like to discuss? Send some ideas.
Episode 10
by The Arbinger Institute

The book speaks to the often deceptive means by which we self-sabotage -- or self-betray -- ourselves. Many times, sometimes subconsciously, we act against our own best interests in how we interact with others. We easily blame others and deceive ourselves, taking the easy way out when we should know better.

This book supplements leadership development because we need to be aware of all of our shortcomings -- both those we know about and those in our blind spots -- when it comes to working with others. How many of our negative experiences and interactions might we be inviting upon ourselves?

Specifically, this book is recommended for those who frequently interact or work with others. In short, all of us could benefit from reading the book. It helps us clear our thinking when it comes to how we see, and interact with, others.
Provides a deeper breakdown of issues, ideas, and concepts covered in the Coach It Out Blog

Episode 14

We always need to have our eyes on the ball -- that next goal we want to achieve. But, how often do we ask why we're still standing? Recognize your resilience, and keep building!
Provides a deeper breakdown of each of the
items on  The Self 60  list. 

Episode 13

Always know where you want to go. This may change from time to time, but make sure that where you are now can get you to where you want to be tomorrow. Remember: everything you do -- or tolerate today -- impacts your tomorrow. Outline your plan. Don't waste time. Keep moving!
How Coaching Covers:

Coaching in development leads to understanding what it is a person needs to achieve in their role and/or for their self-satisfaction, and what is at their disposal in resources to do so. It is the need to consider everything you have in order to achieve everything you need and desire. But it all begins with the desire to develop and the commitment to follow through.
Guidance to Start
  • Understand and clarify the mission of the self and/or group
  • Recognize and assess steps taken to date
  • Take stock of the resources in the environment (systems, people, issues, etc.)
  • Identify and outline the action steps to begin moving forward
Lessons From Your Journey


"A business that has poor management personnel in place has multiple problems...issues begin internally and begin to show themselves externally... this affects the overall aesthetic of a business as poor reviews come in and employees begin to quit unannounced."

Development also works toward resolving or averting poor performance, especially in business and in management. We don't necessarily need to seek out books, articles -- or newsletters -- to find examples of what poor leadership or management is ( the two disciplines are different). Your experiences are a powerful resource and a valuable advantage. Have you considered your experiences to date? What great or poor examples have you seen in your journey to date? Keep those in mind. Take with you the best practices, while avoiding the pitfalls you've witnessed.
End Quote
“…there is no standard recipe for leadership. Different groups and different audiences will have different needs and react differently to different stimulus in their different environments.”

That quote drives home just how varied the needs of our environments, stakeholders, and approaches can be. No easy, standard recipe exists. Everything you learn has to be customized to what you want for yourself, in addition to what the environment needs. In your path of development, you need to be aware of the agility required to customize what you learn to what is called for at any given time.

You can -- and should -- be proactive about seeking out development opportunities to make yourself better both for today and for tomorrow. How are you developing yourself -- and your leadership -- today? What does that do for your future? Ultimately, that responsibility falls on you.
The Last Five Archive
2018 - April / March / February
2017 - December / November