Quality Questions for Quality Results

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“The quality of your life is determined by the quality of questions you ask.”
~ Anthony Robbins

Years ago when I was taking Spanish lessons one of my favourite words was “pregunta” meaning question. As I sit at my desk and reflect, I realize that my life’s work has required many questions to succeed.

As a leader, by asking questions effectively, you can shift from assumption to deeper understanding and even can spur innovation.

Here are 4 tips on how to ask Quality Questions:

  • Open-ended questions provide more information than close-ended questions.
  • Avoid asking questions that you have the “right answer” for. It’s a form of pulling others towards what you think or a way to simply reinforce (or re-enforce) what you want others to think. This type of question limits conversation. An example of this is “When you considered the options, where did Company X [your preferred choice] fit in?” It’s drawing the individual or team to more highly consider Company X.
  • Ask questions with genuine curiosity. Allow yourself to benefit from your direct report’s experience and expertise – you open up to gain new information and deeper insights.
  • Ask questions that you don’t know the answer for. For many managers, this feels like a big risk as they feel that it’s their responsibility to know the answer. This is the essence and power of team – sharing our opinions, ideas and concepts in an open way. When you take risks and show vulnerability, you create trust, gain respect and give space for true contribution and innovation.

So I challenge you to ask yourself, how might I ask higher quality preguntas? And discover how the quality of the team environment soars!

The quality of your questions has the power to improve the quality of your organization.

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