Hey, we're the smartest people in the room, so why not flap the yap so everyone can benefit?
This is a curse because as your mouth remains in the "Open" position, your ears close down. Soon your team becomes disengaged. But here's a great way to get them involved and excited again, courtesy of a recent Harvard Business Review article by Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown, called Managing Yourself: Bringing Out the Best in Your People.
- Pick a meeting or conversation and commit to leading it by asking questions.
- Present a query that will spark discussion.
- Ask clarifying questions to dig deeper and better understand the ideas.
- Use questions to determine next steps.
Here are several that are likely to to spark great conversations and get people thinking on both tactical and strategic levels:
- "What do our competitors do better than us?"
- "Our mission says we are world class -- in what ways are we not?"
- "You have the power to kill up to three products or services we currently offer. What are they?"
- "You have the power to create something new for us to offer. What is it?"
- "Create a new position in our company and explain why we need it."
If you like this idea, share with us questions you would ask to get your team to open up.