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Question Your Questioning

Is the way you gather information effective enough? In an article for Lifehack, Mike Martel challenges you to level up your questioning. For starters, avoid yes/no questions. Ask questions that make people explain themselves, which in turn challenges them to decide what information is really pertinent. Then dig deeper with follow-up questions that clarify vague points and expand potentially interesting nuggets. Do not worry about there being periods of silence between questions and answers; allow …

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Learn to Ask Better Questions: 4 Tips

In an article for Harvard Business Review, John Baldoni shares four fast pointers to expand your perspective and improve your ability to ask questions: Be more interested in listening and learning than in getting first and last say. Ask open-ended questions that make the recipient think before answering. Express active physical interest in the questions you ask, to inspire full and earnest answers. When no one is delivering bad news, dig deeper to confirm if …

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Get What You Want from Someone by Asking Better Questions

You really need a helping hand from Horatio in accounting to finish this project on time. How do you win over Horatio quickly? In an article for Forbes, Emma Johnson shares some reliable advice for how to ask him: Ask for advice, rather than a favor. (But then maybe build off of that.) Ask specific questions that can be clearly answered within a few minutes. Articulate how that person helping you will also be helping …

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How to Ask ‘Beautiful’ Questions

Leigh Buchanan interviews Warren Berger on the subject of “beautiful” questions for Inc. A beautiful question “reframes an issue and forces you to look at it in a different way.” These are the types of questions that, by their nature, inspire innovation or solutions to problems. And Berger goes far with this idea. For instance, he thinks businesses should replace mission statements with lofty questions, like “How might we use robotics to improve the world?” …

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5 Things That Great Questions Should Do

Have you ever stopped and thought about what a question should really do? Probably not. But used strategically, questions can serve a few purposes beyond simply soliciting an answer. Stephanie Vozza shares five things a question can do in an article for Fast Company: Questions can empower. For instance, if you ask, “How do you feel about the project so far?” instead of, “Why are you behind schedule?” you give the person better footing upon …

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7 Tips to Ask More Powerful Questions

Knowledge is power, and the right question can be a spear through the heart of your worst problems. Thus, you should work on improving the strength of your questions. In a post at his website, leadership author Michael Hyatt shares seven tips to do just that: Ask open-ended questions in order to generate conversation and uncover insights that might be overlooked in yes/no questions. Ask yourself and colleagues what your assumptions are. False assumptions are …

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4 Things Not to Do to Build Trust with the Team

The lazy way out is typically the wrong way out. Especially in business, if you want people to trust you, you need to put in some effort. In an article for Entrepreneur, Glenn Llopis shares four things you should remember not to do: Fail to build rapport: You need to engage people in conversations and get to know them, both their motivations and their apprehensions. Work with them and empower them to succeed, which will …

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The No-Brainers of Building Trust at Work

Everyone has to start somewhere. If you are a caveman recently thawed out of ice and need to learn how to build trust at work from the ground up, then Monster has the article for you. Pat Mayfield lays out the most obvious yet essential parts of building trust: Be honest, especially in situations where it might hurt you but will significantly help others. Practice good judgement, knowing that there are right and wrong times …

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The Trust Equation & 3 Tips

In an article for Inc., Jacob Morgan shares “trust expert” (yeah, allegedly that is a thing) Charles H. Green’s formula for trust. Do you think you can crunch the numbers to become trustworthy? The formula is “(credibility + reliability + intimacy)/self-orientation.” Those first three are pretty straightforward, but you may be wondering what “self-orientation” means. Morgan describes it essentially as willingness to look outside of oneself and help others. So the less self-oriented you are, …

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Building the 3 Types of Workplace Trust

Trust travels in different directions to create different effects. In an article for Fast Company, Mark Lukens describes three different types of workplace trust and explains their value. The first of course is trust with colleagues within the business. When there is higher trust among workers, job satisfaction increases and work tasks are more effectively distributed among workers. The second type of trust is trust with outsiders, such as customers and suppliers. Research from Korea …

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