The Most Important Question a Manager Can Ask

April 21, 2013

 

What can I do to help you be more effective?

What question could be more central to being a good boss? If you want to manage and lead successfully, you’ve got to know what the people doing the work need. So why not ask them? But the truth is, this question is not asked by bosses nearly enough.”

The preceding quote is from the latest “DFS Learning e-Blast” article, The Most Important Question a Manager Can Ask, by Linda Hill & Kent Lineback.

In this April 18, 2011 post on the HBR Blog Network, the authors posit a simple but elusive point:  By asking your team what you can do to help them be more effective, you can gain their trust and unleash their potential.

More from the article:

“Once you start these discussions, you’ll find they don’t take much time, except when they deserve more time. And they pay dividends. They build trust, they help people work together better and do better work, they identify and remove obstacles.”

Read the short article to learn more!

Mike Osorio, your Dare to be Contagious™ strategist

www.OsorioGroup.com

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7 Reasons for Positive Updates

January 1, 2013

DISCUSSION TOPIC

 

7 Reasons for Positive Updates

November 24, 2011

All:

The most common way of getting people to share ideas is to hold a meeting.  We’ve all attended hundreds, if not thousands, of meetings. 

But, here’s the problem.  Let me demonstrate it.  Pretend the following statement applies to you right now. 

“You have to go to a meeting.” 

Okay.  How are you feeling?  What are you thinking?  If you’re like most people, you’re not happy.  You might have said to yourself, “Oh no.  I just want to get my work done.”  “Or, why do I have to sit in another meeting.” “Or, this is going to be a waste of time.”  If this is how you feel, how do you think other people feel?  This is what you’re up against when you ask people to come to your meeting.”

 

The preceding quote is from the latest “DFS Learning e-Blast” article, 7 Reasons for Positive Updates, by David J. Pollay.

 

In this 2009 article from leadership consultant David J. Pollay, the author provides us with a simple approach to significantly improve the effectiveness of any meeting you hold.

 

All of us complain about the number of conference calls and meetings we need to attend.  Wouldn’t it be amazing if more of the meetings we hold or go to were somehow changed to be seen as positive and a good use of our time? 

 

More from the article:

Most people come to meetings in the mood of the last call they had, email they read, meeting they attended, or interaction they had with someone.  Their moods and attention are basically tied up in other things.

The key is to get everyone focused on the expected outcomes of your meeting.  So you have to do something different.  I’ll share with you what I’ve been doing for years with my team meetings.  It will not cure people’s fear or dread of meetings, but it will help you get your meetings off to a good start every time.”

 

Read the short article to learn more!

 

Mike Osorio, your Dare to be Contagious™ strategist

 

www.OsorioGroup.com

 

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