Leading With Questions

Do You Have a Hard Time Saying “No”?

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If “YES” then this post is for you!

If “NO” then please share this post with all your friends who do and move on to something else!

If you do have a hard time saying “No” may I ask you a couple of questions?

  • When you are asked to do something for someone do you almost always instantly say “Yes?”
  • And then within minutes (sometime seconds) do you ask yourself “Why did I commit to that when I am already way overloaded?”

If you almost always say “Yes” it is most likely that...

ASKING DISTURBING QUESTIONS TO ENGAGE PEOPLE AND SOLICIT A SENSE OF URGENCY TO ACT

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Guest Post by Dr. Peter Cheng

If you ask a quality question, chances are you would get a quality response. If you ask an “inferior”question, you can certainly expect an “inferior” response. When you don’t ask questions, you get no response.

Dr. Mike Marquardt once cited “In every great question, there are seeds of brilliance”. I can’t agree more on this.   In the words of John  Kotter, “Leaders focus on getting the right questions and managers focus on finding solutions to those questions.”  In my two decades of interaction with people in my...

Six magic words: What can I do to help?

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Guest Post by Jim Whitt

I was on a packed flight on small commuter jet flying from Garden City, Kansas to Dallas. The flight attendant was frantically trying to cover all the bases required to get the plane off the ground. In the bulkhead seat two rows in front of me was an elderly woman who insisted on keeping her bag on the floor which of course was against regulations.

There is only one flight attendant on these small jets and this attendant was losing her cool. The...

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