As I write in my book, From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching, “Questions form the backbone to any coaching conversation”.
As leaders it is valuable to have a variety of questions to be able to draw upon, especially when we are in any coaching or mentoring opportunity.
Things to consider when asking questions:
1. What is the purpose or intent behind my question? Is it to:
- Find out information
- expand their awareness,
- identify assumptions,
- generate options,
- identify another perspective?
3. Am I asking a question that is open-ended?
What type of questions will work best?
What questions help to expand awareness. For example, what is important? what is a priority?
How questions may put people into a process mode. How will you do this?
Why questions without trust may backfire, BUT can help people connect with the bigger purpose or WHY?
In tomorrow's post I will include a dozen coaching questions. Stay tuned!
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