Category Archive: Questions

How to Find Solutions without Getting Sucked into Problems

Suppose a leader’s team chronically under-performs. How might you help?   The beginning of transformation: Pain and frustration are opportunities for transformation. Success that breeds contentment destroys the future. Painful failure inspires openness… Continue reading

12 Questions that Make you Look Like a Genius During Job Interviews

The questions you ask reveal your concerns, values, aspirations, and priorities. The questions you ask reflect who you are. No questions indicate: Low engagement. Inactive brains. Fear of looking dumb. Lack of aspiration.… Continue reading

How Curiosity Leads You Astray and What to do When it Does

Not all questions express genuine curiosity. #1. Curiosity as resistance: Perfectly intelligent people feign ignorance as an act of subversive resistance. “When I don’t want to do something, I ask my boss lots… Continue reading

Dear Dan: How Can I Shut My Trap

Dear Dan, I lead a team of high capacity leaders and we all serve a recovering benevolent dictator, who himself is a dynamic catalyst and the reason for our organization’s growth. Anyway, I… Continue reading

How to Send Signals that Enable Connection

Imagine you just met Wilma at a party. You’re shaking hands when she says, “I’m Wilma. I’m the CEO of Widgets Across America.” Choose to build trust rather than create distance.   Connect… Continue reading

Four Ways to Ask Questions Like a Leader

Curiosity takes you further than knowledge. The bottleneck in the room is the leader who has all the answers when there are competent people at the table. Telling is easy. If you doubt… Continue reading