Today was dedicated to writing questions, preparing for 2 days of meetings.
Questioning is a precious skill:
- It spurs learning
- it incentives the exchange of ideas,
- it powers innovation
- it can lead to performance improvement,
- it builds affinity and trust
- Importantly, it can mitigate business risk by uncovering unexpected problems.
And yet, most of us don't ask enough questions! Is that because we don't like feeling interrogated so we think we're doing others a favor?
In fact, asking questions makes us more likable! It shows that we care! It shows that we want to learn about other people's interests and what's in their mind!
So the favor we can make (others and ourselves) is asking more questions!
Avoid the rush to answer questions. First we must understand each other better! Spending time asking questions, understanding the problem, the hurdles, personal issues can help to avoid poor decisions and succeed even in 'accelerated environments'.
So start asking the questions that really matter
promote this behavior in the office or at home!
And may I ask: Could you then let me know how it goes?
My name is T. S. Coelho and I live in Lisbon, Portugal, with my husband and three kids. I work in the asset management industry, managing an equities fund.