August 3, 2010 / 10:25 AM / 9 years ago

Management Tip of the Day: Take the Extreme Question Challenge

BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and (http:\\ Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

“It can be tempting for a leader, especially a smart one, to provide her team with all of the answers. However, a smarter leader knows that allowing her team to contribute ideas is not only good for the team, but makes for better results. To counter your tendency to do all of the talking, pick a meeting or conversation and commit to leading it by asking questions. Start by presenting a query that will spark discussion. Ask clarifying questions to dig deeper and better understand the ideas. Then use questions to determine next steps. It may be difficult to avoid chiming in with a statement or suggestion, but holding your tongue ensures that others will use theirs.

- Today’s Management Tip was adapted from “Bringing Out the Best in Your People” by Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown.

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