While there are many reasons for Executives to usually be poor at coaching, You can make a difference today for your own performance and that of your team by asking Effective Questions!
Below you’ll find a series of Effective Questions to solicit 360 Feedback and provide suggestions for future improvements!
First, Make the choice to live with your Hands Off your Ears
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Improve Performance Effectively, One Thing at a time
“If you’re going to work on a weakness, never choose more than one” The power of Effective Change with just One Thing changed was highlighted by Peter Bregman. Here are some questions to focus energy on improvements:
- What’s one thing I can do to be more effective at…
- What’s one key strength you think I should leverage more in my role?
- What’s one thing I can do to help us be more effective in reaching our goals?
- What’s one thing you liked and one thing you thought could be improved about…
- what’s one thing I can do to better support you in your role?
- Name one thing we can do to make “our meetings” more efficient?
- What’s the one thing you like most about your job? What’s the one thing you like least?
Team alignment #1
- Are you clear on how we fit into our overall strategy & vision?
- Do you know the goals of your team?
- Do you know why things are organised the way they are?
- What makes you feel good about work?
- What really motivates you?
- What things de-motivate you?
- Which things can we change?
- What’s our approach?
- What can I do to help you?
- What should I stop doing?
Team alignment #2
Marshall Goldsmith has established the Six-Question Process for coaching Executives:
- Where are we going?
- Where are you going?
- What is going well?
- What are key suggestions for improvement?
- How can I help?
- What suggestions do you have for me?
Engage Staff to Improve Performance
Here are some other great questions to help you focus your team’s and your own efforts:
- What was the best day at work you’ve had in the last 3 months? What were you doing? Why did you enjoy it so much?
- What was your worst day at work in the last 3 months? What we were you doing? Why did you grate it so much?
- What was the best relationship with a manager you’ve ever had? What made it work so well?
- What was the best praise or recognition you’ve ever received? What made it so good?
- When in your career do you think you were learning the most? Why did you learn so much? What’s the best way for you to learn?
- How engaged are you today?
- What 3 things can I do to improve my presentation skills?
- Are others clear about the motives underneath your thoughts, words and actions? Are you?
- Would you describe leaders and managers in your workplace as transparent? Why / Why not?
- How can I better help you?
- What can I do to help you be more effective? (by Linda Hill)
- Take responsibility to be clear about our team and individual objectives; what else do you suggest we do?
- How can I provide more value to you?
- What can we do to motivate our teams to be more productive?
- What’s 3 key characteristics you admire in a manager?
- Create Powerful Engagement with those 3 questions: (by John Baldoni)
- What’s happening? Raise questions about resources not to necessarily provide them but to identify the needs
- What are you hearing? Ask to share what others are saying about your products, your work. it’s a rich source of information to help you lead.
- What can I do to help you? You are here to support the output from your teams, provide resources and land a hand to achieve the team’s objectives.
So what other Effective Questions do you use to solicit Feedback? Please share below in the comments!
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