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“Penny for your thoughts… NO! Thoughts and ideas are the highest currency on the planet.

Smart leaders get the most out of their teams by Asking Better Questions. Here are notes from this week’s periscope. Catch the replay @PamRoss.

As a Leader, ask questions about …

  1. possibilities-what could happen, what can we do? What resources do we have? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? (Luke 12:25)
  2. Intents and clarity-Help me get it? Why is this a problem? How does this hinder us?
  3. Outcomes-What are you trying to make happen? Where do we go from there? What is your desired effect? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? (Luke 5:23)
  4. Ask about what matters? Values matter.  How do you feel? What do you think? What do you want? Why do you want that? Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? (Matthew 23:17-19)
  5. Ask Questions designed to bring people into righteousness. God responded to the very first sin with a question. Where are you? How does this work with who you are?
  6. Stay on the same side of the table You are not trying to prove yourself right and the other person wrong. You’re helping your team member see truth and focus on the right thing at the right time.

As a Follower:

  1. Be open to being questioned. Good leaders don’t just want information they want insight into you.
  2. Join the questioner and ask yourself that question too! Your leader is partnering with you to explore possibilities.
  3. Resist the urge to deflect or place blame on someone else.
  4. Be honest. Your leader is not looking for information. She is looking for insight into YOU, your values, perspective and concerns.
  5. Give yourself to time to discover the answers. you don’t have to have all the answers in your mouth.  Leaders are asking you questions to get you to think?

What if I have a hostile or fearful Leader?

  1. Don’t play carnal games. We wrestle not against flesh and blood. Besides, the devil is better at being carnal than you are. Walk in honor.
  2. Get to the point. What does he really want to know?
  3. Question to the question. God will give you wisdom in the moment on how to handle traps. Why do you ask me about what is good? (Matthew 19:17)

Remember, questions are not attacks.  With the right amount of honor and respect you can unlock the best in those you lead and partner with those you follow.

Success and Progress!


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