Along the course of facilitating critical thinking sessions with leaders and senior executive teams over the past 25 years, I’ve discovered one question that pierces the ego of even the most senior leaders. Critical thinking questions, by definition, are emotionless and non-judgmental, although they sound like the opposite. I’ve used them with professional sports teams, politicans, Fortune 500 executive teams, and billionaire entrepreneurs. (including one in the White House) The process worked so well for Johnson & Johnson’s leaders in the 1990’s that they paid me to write a book on the subject. The only downside of this process is that most coaches lack the mental toughness to weather the storm it creates and the fury with which the attendees often respond. Watch this video for the story of how I challenged one of the top 10 executive teams (according to Jack Welch) in corporate America. And if you have the guts, try it with your clients. Your coaching business will explode…or we may never here from you again! *(just kidding—lighten up, Francis!) :)) #personaldevelopment #mentaltoughness #IPDAR

Steve Siebold
Author and Professional Speaker since 1997. Past Chairman of the National Speakers Association's Million Dollar Speakers Group. Author of 11 books with 1.4 million copies in print.