Another common pitfall is to ask questions for which we think we know the answer, or ask questions that are only yes/no.
In navigating the changing waters of the workforce today, it is important to get more in the habit of asking questions which invite discovery, clarity, and connection.
A recent article I wrote for the Coaching Tools Company includes 33 questions you might consider bringing into some of your one on ones or even team meetings. You will note that some of the questions are more geared for conversations which are focused on prioritizing, while some are focused on goals or connecting across a team. Take a look at the article here.
Some general rules of thumb when we think about questioning:
- Make the question as open ended as possible, avoiding ones that are yes/no
- The shorter the better - 5-6 words provides a crisp focus
- Notice what types of questions really connect with the person you are speaking with - some of us are more visually inclined and may connect more with a question such as "What would that look like?" rather than one which is "What would it feel like?"
Have a great Tuesday,