Asking Powerful Questions – The Job of the LEADER

Monday Message from Jerry Houston, President and CEO of HPISolutions

We all have heard the old saying that we were given one mouth and two ears so that we can listen more than we speak.  Most of us also know good communication practices indicate that we should listen 80% of the time, and speak only 20% of the time.  Ahh, if only we actually did this!

It is essential that as leaders, we know exactly what questions to ask and that they must be POWERFUL QUESTIONS in order to get our teams to think critically and come up with the best solutions and new concepts to keep our organizations on the leading edge.

On August 31st at 9:00 AM PT, Alliance Partner Thomas “Skip” Wilkins, will conduct a free webinar on this important topic and demonstrate a process that will help you to sharpen your ability to ask Powerful Questions which will improve the results that you are experiencing.  This process, entitled “Appreciative Inquiry,” will dramatically enhance your effectiveness in getting your teams to operate at an optimum level.

Powerful Questions:

  • Thought-provoking and invite reflection and finding deeper meaning
  • Expand possibilities or focus attention
  • Bring underlying assumptions to light
  • Stimulate curiosity and creativity (Innovation)
  • Can help a group move forward

Remember, it is not the job of the leader to solve everyone’s problems.  It is the leader’s job to help their people solve their own problems through the process of asking Powerful Questions.

Have a Great Week!

Register for the webinar!


To see more on the topic of Appreciate Inquiry, click here or visit our Power Ideas page.