Category Archive: Questions

How Experienced Leaders Become Stagnant and Mediocre

Repetition isn’t the path to improvement, unless you persistently work to improve.   The only way to improve is to focus on improvement. Experience turns to mediocrity when: You can’t explain what you’re… Continue reading

Three Questions that Turn Self-Criticism into Powerful Tipping Points

Agree with people when they point out their own weaknesses. Comfort may obstruct growth and solidify the status quo. Agree: Say, “You know you’re right, you can be too critical,” when someone says… Continue reading

Two Power Questions to Clarify A Confusing Fork in the Road

You aren’t reaching high enough if the future is known, the path is clear, and outcomes are certain. But navigating ambiguity drives most of us nuts. All important decisions have alternatives. This is… Continue reading

How to Avoid Dangerous Questions and Become a Real Leader

Look for leaders with forward-facing curiosity. “The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong questions.”  Peter Drucker The right… Continue reading

How to Make Peace with that Negative Voice in Your Head

Maybe you should stop fighting your inner critic. Hug her. Take him to coffee. Your inner critic speaks the truth he sees. Sometimes he’s right. We start talking to ourselves as soon as… Continue reading

The Question I Never Asked But Should Have

A coaching client has been learning to ask quality questions. She shared one with me that blew me away. She asked a manager, “What questions are you asking your team?” The manager said,… Continue reading