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Questions that Empower and Dis-empower

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Questions that Empower and Dis-empower

Special Note:  In 2006 I was browsing in a (now closed) Borders Bookstore and came across Leading With Questions by Michael Marquardt.  I only had to peruse a few pages before declaring to myself, “This is a Keeper!”  This book changed forever how I lead!  Recently I have had the privilege of interacting with Mike and he graciously agreed to do several guest blogs and has given me his “cart-blanch” permission to excerpt from Leading With Questions! Thank You Mike! Excerpted with the permission of the author from Leading with Questions pages…

The Essence of Your Job

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The Essence of Your Job

Excerpted with the permission of the authors from Chapter 18 of Power Questions: I’m at lunch with my client, Claire. She runs a division of a large, publicly held company. We arrive early, and the restaurant is nearly empty. We meet two or three times a year, usually to debrief on the advisory work I’m doing for Claire’s organization. Our conversation begins with small talk. Then it shifts to a discussion about the initiatives I am helping to develop for her division. By the time we are finishing the main course, we have exhausted the marketing discussion. This…

I Learn a Lot More When I’m Listening Than When I’m Talking – Part Two

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I Learn a Lot More When I’m Listening Than When I’m Talking – Part Two

(Personal Note from Bob:  Are you involved in “Fundraising?”  Either personally, or perhaps as a board member of a non-profit organization?  Or do you have friends who work in or with ministries or non-profits that you would love to help?   For the past 41 years I have been personally involved in fundraising.  “Fundraising” is a topic that I frequently speak on.   I read extensively about “Fundraising.”  Several weeks ago I discovered Kent Stroman’s book, Asking about Asking.  I had read only…

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