I’m six months in, and sometimes I have to pull someone aside and say, "That meeting just happened, and so much was going on. Help me understand and read the room better.”Nick Gillispie
- Sometimes we know the right question, but we don’t know who to ask.
- We often let our leaders off the hook for poor communication, and then we are the ones who suffer the consequences.
- We struggle to ask questions because we would rather remain stuck than risk looking stupid.
- One of the most important skills we can develop in life is to ask fantastic questions.
- “Help me understand” can feel more humble and less threatening than, “Why?”
- It is better to ask the question today than to learn the answer three weeks from now.
- When we enter into a new role or workplace, asking fantastic questions brings us into the inner circle.
- Sometimes gaining the perspectives of everyone in the room requires us to pull each person aside one by one rather than just asking the opinion of the larger group.
- Don’t nod your head if you don’t understand.
- Make a practice of asking those you lead, “If I’m not explaining something clearly, would you let me know?”
- When the people you lead consistently miss the mark, consider looking inward to evaluate your own leadership.
Ask For Help
Friendships, communities, and businesses are all stronger when we open up about our shortcomings and lean on each other for support. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Amy Seiffert discuss the crucial practice of inviting assistance from those around us.
Invite Honest Feedback
None of us have arrived – we all have blindspots in our perspective and areas we can improve. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Casey Greenawalt discuss the importance of surrounding ourselves with friends who have permission to call us out and call us higher.
Listen To Understand
In order to be fully loved, we must be fully known. But in order to be fully known, we must first be understood. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Dan Costello discuss the key to knowing and loving others well.