Much of a professional’s day is spent asking for information, requesting status updates, or questioning for understanding. Questions can do more than measure what someone knows.
Asking Questions is a Powerful Tool
Asking questions is a powerful tool for unlocking potential, discovering personal barriers, and uncovering opportunities. For some people, questioning comes easily. Yet, most don’t ask enough questions, ask questions based on assumptions, or fail to pose questions that promote exploration of new possibilities.
When skilled at asking questions, a leader can:
-Open up conversations
-Fuel performance improvement
-Build rapport and trust
-Mitigate business risk by uncovering hidden hazards
Recently, I led our Get Your Goals in Gear online class. (If you missed the first one, catch the encore live class on Tuesday, January 19 from 12 pm -1:30 pm Eastern Time. REGISTER HERE). In the class, there was an exercise where I asked several insightful questions.
These questions were posed so attendees could discover for themselves what might be in the way of setting or accomplishing their goals. After the class, one of my clients called to share her deep discovery of what held her back from moving forward on her plans for the new year. She got to the source of what held her back. She developed a whole new level of freedom around her actions. No amount of prescriptive advice could have tapped into that personal discovery.
When questions are utilized in ways that are focused on the other person, as opposed to forcing an outcome, it’s amazing what new possibilities or breakthroughs develop. As leaders, we need to get out of the way when asking questions so others can discover for themselves what’s in the way of achieving their goals.
If you’re inspired to explore how to create your best year yet, join us for:
GET YOUR GOALS IN GEAR
Tuesday, January 19 from 12-1:30 pm Eastern Time
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