As a leader, it is easy to run with our ideas and immediately put them into play. Conversely, it is not as easy to ask for input on our ideas. We may phrase our questions so that a certain answer will be delivered, or we may find our employees hold back their honest assessment.
Jeff Haden, Inc.com contributing editor, presents three ways to ask questions that will allow us to hear and process what others think. In other words, these methods will help us understand what others know before we deliver our opinion. The three methods include:
- Present a situation. Even if you think you have the answer to a problem, present others with the situation – leaving out your answer – and see what they suggest.
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