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The Smart Way to Ask Stupid Questions

Employee Engagement Starts with Questions

This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer!

The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way:

“This may be a stupid question, but…”

Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake.

Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:

  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.

That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

However, there are smart ways to ask stupid questions that improve your chance of getting a truthful answer, and reduce the chance that your stupid question could make someone else look stupid. Here are four simple tips for asking stupid questions the right way:

Pick your spot wisely. Piping up in a group meeting may not be the best place, unless the question directly impacts the decisions to be made in that meeting. Ambushing people in the hallway may also not endear you to the person from whom you need help.

Do it privately. The person you ask may not know the answer. Asking in public may make them lose face. Asking one-on-one allows them to open up a bit and provide you a more honest answer.

Make an appointment. Draw up a short agenda of pressing questions and issues, and include your stupid questions. Tackling the needed person in the hall may put the questionee on the spot, not allowing him or her to fully think through a proper answer. You need the right answer more than you need a quick answer.

Ask permission to ask. If urgency demands that you broach the topic during an interaction in the hall, ask permission to ask the question: “Do you have a moment? I have a quick question about ….” And if it becomes clear that your quick question does not have a quick answer, ask for permission to get a few minutes on their calendar later that day.

Contact Bovo-Tighe ButtonPeople like to be helpful and they like to look smart. Give them the chance to do both by asking the stupid questions, but in a way that does not put the person on the spot. You do not want your stupid questions to make anyone look stupid publicly.

Bosses are fond of saying “there are no stupid questions,” and we agree. All questions, misunderstandings and doubts need to be aired and dealt with.

How you ask, though, can impact your results. Plan accordingly, and make the smart ways to ask stupid questions habitual!

 

 

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  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Generation Xers are Today’s Leaders – Invest in Them

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

How Can Your Words Build or Break Trust With Co-Workers?

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

The Lemonade of Employee Turnover

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Google Survey Connects Workplace Flexibility to Morale – No Surprise There!

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Employee Engagement is a Two-Way Street

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

You Will Not Engage Every Employee – Nor Should You

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Make August Your Personal Rejuvenation Month

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

The Unbiased Opinion is a Myth. Discard It.

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Time to Act Civilly at Work? Professor Porath Says It Pays Off.

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

When Motivating Employees, Do Words Get In the Way?

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

How to Sell Senior Executives on the Value of Talent Development

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Temporary Project Teams Need Scaffolding to Work Well

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

On Memorial Day – Remember and Acknowledge

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

To Manage or To Lead – That is the Question

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Break Conversational Habits to Break Out of Ruts

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Schedule that “Thirdly Review”!

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Make Spring Fever a Productive Force at Work

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Change Happens Inside Out – Driven By Middle Managers

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Hiring Outsiders Costs Money. Save it by Investing in Human Development.

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

How Quickly Does Your Culture Sub-Optimize New Talent?

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

How Do You Fix a Jerk at Work?

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Valentines Day Marks the Halfway Point in Q1 – How Are Your Leadership Resolutions Fairing?

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

More Grist for the “Why Are Employees Not Engaged” Chat Mill

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Dave Tighe Joins Writers on LinkedIn as Employee Engagement Expert

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Leadership Tips for Kicking Off 2015

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

In 2015 Employee Engagement Will Look Like It Did in 2014…and 2013…

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Employee Engagement Must Address Professional and Personal Performance Factors

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

January Leadership Advice Deluge has Begun! Resist the Urge to Read It All.

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

McKinsey Offers Evidence: Senior Executives Still Struggle With Leadership Habits

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Happy Holidays from Bovo-Tighe!

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

2014 is Done – Time to Kick-Start January

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Sweat the Small Stuff Says Rory Sutherland in a TED Talk – This is What Bovo-Tighe Does for You

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Happy Thanksgiving from Bovo-Tighe

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Just Twenty Working Days ‘Till Christmas – What Can You Get Done???

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Defend Human Development Investments Strategically

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Be Great to Work With

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Leaders Must Still Manage. You Don’t Get Off That Hook!

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

It Takes Time to Change Employee Habits – And Lots of Support.

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Employee Recognition – Easy to Say, Hard (it seems) to Do

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Misguided Advice from Monster about Aspiring to a Leadership Role

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Honda Waigaya and Outward Bound – Lessons in Patient Leadership

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Master the Art of Questioning (and Listening) to Better Raise Productivity

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Kick-Start Your Team’s Productivity Push for Autumn

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Leaders Master the Art of Questioning to Raise Employee Engagement

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Halogen Software Offers Sample Comments for Performance Reviews. We Disapprove!

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Asking Silly Questions Makes You Smarter

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Employee Engagement is Personal, So Personalize Your Approach

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Maslow’s Hierarchy and Employee Engagement – Make the Connections!

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

The Case of the Market Basket CEO – Leaders Who Care Get Strong Employee Support

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Leaders: Spend More Time Leading People and Less Time Doing Stuff

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Take Steps to Run Better Meetings – Walk While You Talk

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Confident Leaders Keep Arrogance at Bay With a Dose of Humility

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Employee Engagement is Really Simple – But Does Take Energy and Focus

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Great Leaders See Themselves as Others See Them – And Engage Better

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Sayonara June! Hola July! Time for Mid-Year Resolutions.

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Leaven Your Positive Leadership Outlook With Real-World Negativity – Pursue the Truth!

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Reset Your Leadership Mindset for the Next Six Months

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Great Leaders Make Life Better for Their Followers

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Defend No Process – Defend the Mission Against Old Processes

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

How to Maintain Workplace Productivity During the Summer Vacation Season

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

A More Productive Mindset for Work in Six Steps

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

A Great Set of Productivity Tips – Read This Instead of Facebook at Lunch Today

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Honor the Last Full Measure of Devotion on Memorial Day

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

As a leader, you will get angry – How you handle that anger is critical to team productivity

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Middle Managers Can All Lead – If You Show Them How

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Never Assume: Pursuit of Truth Makes Decision-Making Better

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

The Last Mile of Employee Engagement is the Hardest to Travel

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

We Love the Energizing Month of May

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Transformational Leadership Skill Spring Shape-Up

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Still Pushing Employees to the Brink: A bad habit from the Great Recession.

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Toyota Agrees: Machines Don’t Innovate – People Do.

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Leadership Development Gaps Expose a Lack of Strategic Commitment

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

“Overnight” Organizational Change Takes Great Long-Term Leadership

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

A “Lucky Seven” Set of Tips for the Freshly Minted Leader

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Does Your Online Presence Promote You?

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Leaders Don’t Pick Winners: Develop All of Your Team Members

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

May the Wind be at Your Back this St. Patrick’s Day

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Leadership Lessons for the Ides of March

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Our Foundations of Excellence Refresher

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Great Conversations Build Employee Engagement

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

i4cp Research Isolates Six Key Employee Engagement Factors

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Tap Untapped Talent You Have Already Hired

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Each Great Leader is Unique, But They All Engage

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Bovo-Tighe Supports Shell in Launch of New Gulf Platform

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Annual Performance Reviews Should be the Icing not the Cake

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Resources We Rely On for New Ideas about Employee Engagement

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Machines Don’t Innovate: People Do.

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Hide From Your Manager to Get More Done!

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Leadership Quotes to Get Your Mind Set for February

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Leadership Development Does Not Have to Cost an Arm and a Leg

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Brooke Bovo at TTI Winter Conference: Love Your Clients, Not Your Expertise

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Why Does Leadership Development Fail to Create Great Leaders?

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

New Year Resolution: Make a Habit of Your Productive Mindset

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

OSHA Discloses Most Common Workplace Hazards – The List Remains the Same

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Leadership Lessons from Scrooge and the Grinch

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Merry Christmas from Bovo-Tighe

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

McKinsey Highlights Slow Adoption Rate for Intra-Company Social Networks

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Holiday Employee Gifts that Cost Little More Than a Bit of Your Time

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Books to Inspire Great Leaders Include Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals”

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

A Culture of Agility Requires a Commitment to the Pursuit of Truth

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Lean Manufacturing Demands Fully Engaged Employees

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Happy Thanksgiving from Bovo-Tighe

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Rob Markey of Bain and Co.: Employee Engagement Rocks!

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Flexible Job Schedules Can Win Employee Loyalty

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Employee Engagement a Strategic HR Imperative for 2014

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Maintaining Work-Life Balance During the Holidays

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

The Paradox of Employee Engagement: It Works Yet Few Companies Try

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Remember Veterans on Veterans Day with a Heartfelt Thank You

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Defuse the Gunpowder Barrel with Sustained Employee Engagement

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Happy Halloween from Bovo-Tighe!

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Minga Foundation Ups Productivity by Raising Awareness of Personal Motivators

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

How Pessimists Keep Optimists in the Black

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Gallup Employee Engagement Results Not Budging

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Stop Being Nice at Work? Not So Fast!

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Aberdeen Report Finds Competitive Advantage for Companies that Improve Hiring Processes

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Three Leadership Tasks That Unleash Team Productivity

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

What Prevents Teamwork From Adding Value?

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

How Can You Make a Vacation From Work Truly Stress-Free?

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Time Off is Restorative – Organizations that Don’t Encourage It Lose Out

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Have Employees Track Their Own Successes to Raise Engagement

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

A Quick Cost/Benefit Analysis of Employee Training and Development

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Bovo-Tighe Participates in 2013 CLO Forum

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Labor Day in the U.S.: A Connection to Employee Engagement

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Great Employee Engagement Starts by Asking a Lot of Questions

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Leadership Inspiration for a Hot Day in August

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Employee Engagement Remains Elusive: You Are the Problem and the Solution

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

More Thoughts on the Great Value of Middle Management Leadership Training

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Working from Home Does Raise Employee Engagement, if Done the Right Way

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Define leadership more broadly. Anyone can lead, at any level.

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Engaged Employees Accumulate Business Acumen

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Engaged Employees Honor the Pursuit of Truth – And You Should Value That Trait

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Bovo-Tighe Presents Dole Case Study at HR Star Conference

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Build a Corporate Culture that Embraces Change

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Happy Independence Day

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Celebrating Failure? You Bet! How Else Can You Learn New Stuff?

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

CEOs Must Foster Culture Based on People – Not Process

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Gallup Confirms the American Worker Remains Unengaged

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Bovo-Tighe Senior Consultant Steve Eddy Honored at the University of Nebraska

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Is it possible to be overworked and underutilized?

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Create Great Leaders in Your Organization

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Retain Talent by Fostering Professional and Personal Growth

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Leadership Starts with Engagement

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Take the Time to Say Thank You to Those Who Died Defending Us

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

When Should You Micromanage Employees?

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Leadership in Public Management

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Time to Rehire Yourself?

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Of Lollipops and Leadership

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

HubSpot and Netflix Offer Insights on Building Productive Organizational Cultures

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Why We Love May at Bovo-Tighe

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Are Millennials Really Different About Job-Hopping?

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Bovo-Tighe and Harvard Business School Are On the Same Page

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Lessons on Leadership from Britain’s Royal Navy

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Raise the Meaning Quotient for Employees to Raise Productivity

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Employees Can Only Manage Their Time if the Organization Lets Them

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Social Media Collaboration is Shaking Up How Employees Engage with Each Other

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Goal Alignment Takes Work and Communication that Counts

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Our Philosophy about the Pursuit of Truth Includes Your Health

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Three Key Drivers of Employee Engagement

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

March Madness is a Leadership Moment

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

May the road rise to meet you on this St. Patrick’s Day.

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

QBQ works well with the Bovo-Tighe Foundations of Excellence philosophy

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Leadership Tales from Top People – Courtesy of LinkedIn

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Marissa Mayer Should Focus on Employee Engagement

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Accelerative Learning Article Now Posted on eZineArticles.com

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Drop Your Information Filters to Boost Engagement with Fellow Employees

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

More Thoughts on How to Engage Employees

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Challenging “Accepted Wisdom” Unlocks Creativity and Productivity

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Quotes that make you think – Are you open to the truths you need to hear?

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Passion at Work: Nurturing it Starts the First Day of Employment

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Stephen Covey: A Truly Inspirational Force for Innovation in Human Development

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Summer Thoughts on the Pursuit of Truth

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Employee Dissatisfaction Still the Norm in 2012 – Therein Lies Opportunity!

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Exploring 8 Rules for Creating Passionate Corporate Cultures (Round Three)

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Stop Hating Meetings: Fix Them Yourself!

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

New Bovo-Tighe Article on eZineArticles.com about Better Meeting Practices

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Employees are Consumers of Corporate Culture: They won’t “buy in” until you earn their trust!

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

101 Steps Towards Better Leadership

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Transformational vs. Transactional Leadership: A Worthy Distinction

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

The Cure for Bad Meetings: Pay Attention and Contribute!

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Caring for Your Employees Unlocks Great Productivity

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Leadership Behavior Can Stifle Productivity – Even Unintentionally

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Leadership: Its Trappings Lead Good People Astray

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Information Underload: Bad for Employee Engagement

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Zen and the Pursuit of Truth at Work

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Client News: Shell Sets Record for Deepest Oil and Gas Well

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

How Kingsford Charcoal Taught DuPont a Thing or Two about Employee Engagement

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Bovo-Tighe Client Newsletter – November 2011

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Workplace Time Wasters: Facebook vs. the Two-Martini Lunch

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Dumb Things Bosses Do

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Dumb Things Bosses Do

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Bovo-Tighe Client Newsletter October 2011

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Steve Jobs: A Born Visionary Who Learned to be a Leader

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Old United “Speech” Ad Still Resonates Strongly in the Digital Age

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Power Breeds Overconfidence in Leaders

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Do You Know All the Facets of Employee Engagement?

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Coaching for Senior Executives Must Come Up From Subordinates

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Bovo-Tighe’s September Client Newsletter – 2011

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Bovo-Tighe Client Newsletter – Summer 2011

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Presenting at the National Property Management Association Annual Education Seminar

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Bovo-Tighe connects with the HR community at the HR Star Conference

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Book Review: How to be Happy, Dammit!

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Bovo-Tighe Client Newsletter June 2011

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

One-Foot-Out-the-Door Disease is Bad for Productivity

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

How best to make leadership training truly work? Never stop!

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Bovo-Tighe shares a snap-shot of its ongoing work on Alaska’s North Slope

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Leadership: It all starts with you

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Bovo-Tighe Newsletter May 2011

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Bovo-Tighe at the Offshore Technology Conference

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

We applaud our client, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, on their Webby Award

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Technoserve extends its initiatives in Africa by leveraging Bovo-Tighe expertise.

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Irrational Decision-Making: Embrace the Human Factor!

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Performance Management Needs to Recover its Mojo

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

A standing ovation for an active client, Technoserve, which helps poor communities thrive worldwide!

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Bovo-Tighe’s March 2011 Client Newsletter

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

The Bombardier Case Study: Successful Commitment to Employee Engagement

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Talent Management: All agree we need it. Few act on it.

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

On Performance Reviews: The Urge to be Better-than-Worst Raises Productivity

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Influence Competence: Effective Employee Engagement Skills Under a New Name

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Talent Management: How It Helps With Crisis Management

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Employee Engagement: Have you thought about ice cream?

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Tasked with Corporate Training? Seek Outside Help

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Corporate Communications: Keep an Equal Balance Between Ethics and Achievement

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Changing Corporate Mindsets is the Critical Path to Cultural Change: Now We Have Research to Prove It!

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Bovo-Tighe explores Kazakh Psychologies of Achievement

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Corporate Cultures: Bottom-up change is best.

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Are people truly your company’s best asset? Can you prove it?

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Compensation Plans vs Employee Emotion

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Pay-For-Performance versus Full Engagement

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

On Leadership: Would you work for yourself?

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Employee Engagement is simply the Foundation for Excellence

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Why doesn’t employee training work better?

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Change Management: The entire organization needs to participate

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Fostering Innovation: HR Must Lead the Way

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

About that left brain-right brain split: It doesn’t happen.

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

With Leadership Development: Are We Smarter that Fifth-Graders?

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Bovo-Tighe’s January 2011 Client Newsletter

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Corporate Flu Epidemics: What Sort of Infectious Attitudes Do You Spread Around?

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Bovo-Tighe December Newsletter

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Change employee behavior by changing their bad habits.

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Be the first on your block to re-engage your employees.

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Performance Reviews done well require great communication.

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

No One Was Ever Motivated by a Meeting

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

No One Ever Improved by Having Their “Performance Reviewed Annually”

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Meetings That Rock!

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Corporate Mission Statements die on Plaques

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

Inhibit Intellectual Growth and Innovation in Your Company

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

How to incorrectly use ‘Management By Objectives’

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignright" width="240"]Employee Engagement Starts with Questions This may be a stupid question, but I cannot move forward without a smart answer![/caption] The most intelligent question you can ask at work starts this way: “This may be a stupid question, but…” Here’s why: Asking a stupid question usually eliminates the chance of making a stupid mistake. Most of us prefer not to look stupid in the eyes of others, so we keep what we consider stupid questions to a minimum, and try to get the answers ourselves using less direct methods. The inefficiencies in this end-around answer-seeking are:
  • It takes more time.
  • It may still not be the right answer.
  • You haven’t validated your concern about the issue with people that matter to you.
That last point is perhaps the most important. Asking a seemingly stupid question of a boss or fellow employee can have the added benefit of alerting those collaborators to an issue that may not have occurred to them. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your engagement with an issue that may be of importance to them. Plus, it gives them the chance to show how smart they are!

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