Saturday, April 14, 2012

Take the Extreme Question Challenge

A leader, especially a smart one, might be tempted to provide her team with all the answers. However, a smarter leader knows that allowing her team to contribute ideas is not only good for the team, but makes for better results. To counter your tendency to do all of the talking, pick a meeting or conversation and commit to leading it by asking questions. Start by presenting a query that will spark discussion. Ask clarifying questions to dig deeper and better understand the ideas. Then use questions to determine next steps. you might find it difficult to avoid chiming in with a statement or suggestion, but holding your tongue ensures that others will use theirs.

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