There is something about asking the right questions…it sets things in motion. Stuff begin to move forward and with that we yield a process of action and change.
As business leaders, it’s our job to ask the right questions. We need to ask them so that our people and our company can evolve.
- What do you like to do outside of work? This will give you a sense of your employees hobbies, passions, values, goals, level of enthusiasm, involvement in their community, and motivation to name a few. This will be revealing for you to see if they are a good fit for the business and their role within the company.
- What do you think about? Since no one has all the answers, it is a great idea to seek out the opinions of others. Turning to your team can lead to better ideas, improved solutions and your staff will feel like they have had a say and that their opinions count.
- How can I help you? One of the best ways to inspire and motivate your people is by helping them define their goals and communicate what they need to be successful.
- What impact did you have this week? When leaders build motivation it impacts performance and shows them a feeling of purpose and potential. When you ask your team to measure their level of importance, it empowers them to validate their worth.
It’s easy to become engrossed in day-to-day undertakings, but what drives your leadership skills to the next level is the ability to step back, ask the right questions, and be willing to hear answers that might provoke or challenge your ideas and concepts about your business.
These are just some of the questions that should be regularly asked and answered in the course of forming, assessing and adjusting a plan. You should start incorporating some in your management and status meetings, and you’ll significantly increase the quality of discussions and achievements taking place every day.
Are you asking your staff the right questions?
Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC. We work with successful top executives with a driving ambition to crush their competition. We help CEOs and Entrepreneurs improve alignment, communication and accountability throughout their organization. www.55Questions.com
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