Sunday, November 27, 2011

Questions Down, Answers Up

"What would you do about that problem?" Good question, asked most every day in most companies. One Chief Executive Boards International member says it's usually asked by the wrong person. He says that question ought to be most often asked by the boss, not the subordinate.

Think about it. How often do you, the boss, become the "go-to guy", where your subordinates are asking you for answers? If your answer is, "most of the time", it's because you have it backwards. Instead, you're the one who should be asking your subordinates, "What would you do about that problem?"

Try inverting the information flow in your company, such that you're asking most of the questions and your subordinates are providing most of the answers. In other words, "Questions down, answers up". Give it a try, and you'll find yourself becoming steadily less essential to the day-to-day operation of the business.

Also check out:  Want Your Employees to be Independent Thinkers?

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Terry Weaver

Chief Executive Boards International
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