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Holding Space |

A quote from former Dallas Cowboys coach, Tom Landry, reminded me of the importance of holding space for others. It is a mark of your leadership.


Sometimes, you don’t really need to do anything.
I’m Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I’m a coach who helps people professionally
and personally in a number of different ways. and I’m back with some more No BS
Coaching Advice for you. I was reminded of the need to hold space when I saw a
quote from Tom Landry. I’m just Going to read it to you quickly and then tie tThis
all together. “Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain
confidence, seeing how you react. if you’re in control, they’re in control.” Now
Landry was a football coach for the. Dallas Cowboys and completely
expressionless but what he did was demonstrate to his team constantly that
he had their back and he knew what to do. When you’re working with people, when
you’re leading people in your personal life, sometimes what you need to do is
just listen. That’s it. Hear what they have to say. Hold space for people so
that they feel heard and understood and have an opportunity to say what’s on
their mind. you don’t need to take action.. Sometimes the only thing you need to say
to them is, “thank you. I really appreciate that insight of yours. Let me think
about for a little bit. Great talking with you.” And that’s all you need to do
Sometimes they see things that are in your blind spot. you can say much the
same thing in response but holding space is the concept that you don’t need to
always do something,, that you can just be present with someone while they’re
struggling and, to use the Landry quote, sometimes they want to see your reaction
to it because they’re scared. they’re frightened. they are worried and this has
been rumbling around for them for a while. or a shock has occurred and they
feel like they just gotta talk about it.. And for you as a friend, husband, wife,
partner, parent, grandparent, employer, lots of different ways this idea comes into
play. You don’t always need to do something.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for He is the host of “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio.”

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