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7 Suggestions for Asking More Powerful Questions

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7 Suggestions for Asking More Powerful Questions
When I started out in my career, the key to success was having the right answers. If the boss had a question, he expected me to have the answer-or know where to get it. It seemed like the ones who advanced in their careers the quickest were those with the most answers.

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Open-ended questions

Avoid questions you can answer “yes” or “no”. They are closed-ended, don’t generate discussion and they rarely yield any insight. 

By asking open-ended questions, you get far more interesting insights. They invite reflection and start discussions.

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Challenge assumptions

Every decision is based on assumptions. If you don’t understand these assumptions, you may make a bad decision. 

It’s often helpful to ask yourself first, and then your colleagues, “What are we assuming in this scenario?

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Get both sides of the story

It is so easy to hear one side of the story, act on the information, and then be embarrassed when you find out that you only had half the facts.

Always remember that there are at least 2 sides to every story.

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Ask follow-up questions

Avoid the temptation to comment on every question. Often you don’t get to the real meat of an issue until you’ve gone several questions deep. 

This will make your comments or decisions much more informed. 

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Get comfortable with silence

Don't get uncomfortable when things get quiet. You don't have to fill the space with chatter. 

You can let this work to your advantage by just keeping your lips locked and your ears open.

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Help people

One of the best ways to mentor others is to ask rather than tell. By doing this, you help people discover their own insights.

A good question to ask is: "What can we learn from this experience that might be useful to us in the future?”

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Facts vs speculation

Make sure you tell people what you know and what you think you know and make sure they know the difference.

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Michael Hyatt
"Leadership is less about having the right answers and more about having the right questions."

Michael Hyatt

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Why Interviewers Ask It

This introductory question serves as an icebreaker to lend an easy flow to the conversation. It helps the recruiter to get to know you in terms of hard and soft skills.

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How to build your response

  • Present: Talk a little bit about what your current role is, the scope of it, and possibly a recent achievement.
  • Past: Tell the interviewer how you got there and/or mention a past experience that’s relevant to the job and company you’re applying for.
  • Future: Continue with what you’re looking to do next and why you’re interested in this job.
You do not have to respond in this order. Tweak it to suit you. Make sure to tie it to the job and company.

Tailor Your Answer

Interviewers want to know how your answer about yourself is relevant to the position and company you’re applying for.

This is an opportunity to articulate why you’re interested and how your objective fulfills their goals. In order to do that, spend some time researching the company. If your answers resonate with them, it shows that you really understand the role.

What Self-Reflection Is

What Self-Reflection Is

Is the process of thinking back on previous events and interpreting them through your experience. 

It’s about taking a step back and reflecting on your life, behavior and beliefs....

The Importance of Self-Reflection

  • It improve self-awareness.
  • It allows you to understand and see things from a different point of view. 
  • It allows you to respond, not react.
  • It facilitates a deeper level of learning.
  • It improves confidence.
  • It makes you challenge your assumptions.

The Process of Self-Reflection

  • STOP: Take a step back from life or a particular situation.
  • LOOK: Identify and get perspective on what you notice and see.
  • LISTEN: Listen to your inner guide, the innate wisdom that bubbles up when you give it time and space to emerge.
  • ACT: Identify the steps you need to take moving forward to adjust, change or improve.