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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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?”
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?”
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.
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.
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.
Make sure you tell people what you know and what you think you know and make sure they know the difference.
Grit- ask on how determined a person in pursuing his dreams.
Rigor- ask if there was a time he considered a data to make a decision.
Impact- ask for what he have contributed to any organization and his inspiration.
Teamwork- ask of his experiences on working with other people.
Ownership- ask for a time when he experienced "injustice".
Curiosity- Ask them something they have learned recently.
Polish- observe on how they keep confidently calm and humble.
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.
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