Monday, August 12, 2013

Ask Better Questions

Week after week, people meet and try to solve technical and adaptive problems. Nine times out of ten, lots of questions surface in the problem solving process. Some are helpful and some are not. 

As leaders, it is time for us to ask new and better questions during upcoming meetings so we can gain a better understanding of how well other people comprehend the work that we are tasked with doing.

So, here is a list of superb and very unique questions:

- Why does our company exist?

- What business are we in

- What does our strategic plan tell us to do?

- What do you do that is most important at our company?

These questions and the subsequent answers will give you an insight into the level of understanding of all involved. It may create for you as a leader some very important and helpful teachable moments where you can bring clarity to confusion or correct a misalignment in perspective.

This week, practice asking better questions. You will be surprised by what you discover.

Geery Howe, M.A. Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer in Leadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational Change Morning Star Associates 319 - 643 - 2257

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