Master the Art of Questioning (and Listening) to Better Raise Productivity
“You cannot learn if you do not ask.”
This quote is not applicable to any one person, but it stands as a core habit of effective leaders. To make strong decisions, and progress productively towards your goals, you need real up-to-date knowledge of everything that impacts your work environment. You cannot get that vital information without asking for it. Making effective questioning a standard part of your daily interactions with subordinates, peers and bosses is a critical leadership habit to acquire.
And this habit is gift that keeps on giving: The more you ask, and value the input received (giving credit where credit is due), the more engaged will be the people with whom you work. This will encourage more feedback, making your decision-making and productivity continually more effective.
Finally, if you make it a habit listen to the answer to every question you ask, and act on the information, you will become a more effective leader.
How, then, to become that leader who habitually asks productive questions?
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