4 Questions in 4 Days that Strengthen Teams and Elevate Performance – Pt. 4

Incompetent leaders don’t ask questions.

Statements are boring and safe. Questions expose wisdom.

Track curiosity:

  1. How many questions do you ask in an hour?
  2. What percentage of your questions begin with what or how?
  3. What percentage of your questions call for yes or no answer?
  4. What percentage of the time do you ask follow-up questions?

Dependency:

The more answers you give, the less everyone else thinks.

Leaders who don’t ask questions are bottlenecks. But you teach people to think when you ask questions.

Revelation:

  1. Questions show respect. 54% of employees say they don’t regularly get respect from their leaders. (HBR) The same study revealed that respect increases engagement by 55%.
  2. Questions reveal openness. Leaders who don’t ask questions are closed know it alls.
  3. Questions reveal values. Are you interested in people? Ask about people.
  4. Questions set direction. I ask question because I’m curious and a control freak. I don’t like wasting time.

Today’s question: What would you like to do a little more of next week?

I’m writing this on Friday. Ask yourself. Ask teammates.

Engagement goes down when people are pressured into doing things they don’t enjoy.

3 follow-up questions:

  1. What would be different for you if you did a little more of that?
  2. What needs to be true for you to do a little more of that?
  3. What happens for others if you do a little more of that?

A safer version:

If today’s question is too risky, here’s an alternative.

  1. What percentage of your job can you not enjoy and still enjoy coming to work?
  2. What percentage of ‘not enjoyment’ are you?
  3. How might you enjoy work a little more next week?

Why care:

I hate working with people who hate their work. How about you?

On the other hand, happiness pays. Happy employees have a 10% to !2% increase in productivity. (Happiness and Productivity)

What concerns you about asking today’s question? How might you answer your concerns?

In your opinion, what percentage of your job can you not enjoy and still enjoy coming to work?

Previous posts in the “4 Questions” series:

Part 1: What small wins might you celebrate today?

Part 2: How do you want to show up today?

Part 3: What decision do you/we need to make?