Are you asking the right questions?

What are the best questions to ask?

During our professional life, we will often find ourselves in situations where something was presented unclearly, or we are trying to support someone.  How do you go about asking the most productive questions?  Do you just wing it?  Are you able to have a deep conversation with a team member about how you can help them?  In the #CJJblog this week, I give you four common professional situations (on-on-one check ins, one-on-one meetings, small group/leadership meetings, and interviews) and some productive questions you should be asking.  Enjoy.

One-on-one check in – 1) What are you working on today? 2) What is your biggest challenge? 3) How can I best help you?

One-on-one meeting – 1) What are your most important goals (personally and professionally)? 2) Do you believe in the team mission? 3) Is your job utilizing your strengths effectively?  If not, what can we change? 4) On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate me as a leader?  If not a 10, what can I do to make it a 10?

Small group/leadership meeting – 1) How is the team chemistry? 2) What is the top priority for the team this week? 3) Is anyone going through a tough time right now? 4) What can we do to be better leaders this week? 5) What can we do this week to be a better professional and person?

Interview (interviewer to interviewee) – 1) If there were no humans left on earth, what animal would you be and why? 2) Tell me about the most important accomplishment of your life 3) Would former colleagues describe you as an empathetic person? 4) What kind of teammate would your former colleagues describe you as? 5) (Interviewer to ask themselves) Would I enjoy working with this person every day?

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson did a virtual presentation to the Rochester Rotary Club on inspiration and making your dreams come true.  You can watch the video HERE.

Life Tip #85:  Instead of competing with people, complete people

 

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