That’s A Great Question

Catalyst Atlanta 2017 Andy Stanley

Today, I’m live-blogging the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta. The next speaker I’ll be live-blogging is Andy Stanley.

Andy opened the conference and usually closes the conference but this year he’s taken a different position and is sharing earlier in the day. I’m excited to hear from Andy once again as he always delivers.

Andy Stanley Catalyst Atlanta 2017 Questions


Great leaders always ask great questions. And great leaders aren’t afraid to surround themselves with people who ask great questions.

As a leader, if you bristle every time you are asked a question there’s a good possibility you won’t surround yourself with people who will ask great questions.

Questions Do 3 Things

Questions reveal values:

The questions you ask reveal what’s most important to you. What questions are you asking again and again and again? This shows what you value.

3 Killer Questions To Ask If You’re Serious About Learning

The art of asking questions seems to be dead. Finding someone who asks great questions, ever more scarce than finding someone who asks questions.

There’s something sad about that. I’ve found something fascinating.

Those who are serious about learning are always asking questions. And they’re asking specific types of questions.

Questions to learn

Be A Question Asker

The funny thing is, I can be one of those people who struggle to ask questions. I’m fearful.

I’m scared that people will think I’m dumb. Or that I don’t understand what’s going on.

My wife is different. She loves to ask questions. She’s fearless that way.

She’ll ask questions about characters in movies. She’ll ask questions about Bible passages. She’ll ask questions about anything that comes to her mind.

Be like my wife. Be a question asker.

5 Questions To Ask Every New Team Member

Onboarding a new team member can be a difficult task. You have to train them, integrate them into the team, and get to know them.

Each of these things can be hard in and of themselves. Combine them, and the task is overwhelming.

That’s why you need to have an arsenal of questions ready to ask new employees.

 

These questions aren’t meant to be an interrogation. Rather, the questions leaders need to ask of new employees are to get to know them and where they’re going to fit into the organization.

5 Questions To Ask Every New Team Member

1. How do you like to work?

Asking how do you like to work lets you know how the employee does their best work. Do they do better working in an open office environment or are they an introverted employee and like to work alone?

15 Questions Great Leaders Ask Other Leaders

Great leaders never stop learning. That’s why great leaders never fail to ask other leaders questions about leadership.

These leaders are hungry. They want to grow. They know they can’t lead by themselves.

So they ask. And ask. Then ask some more.

Are you asking other leaders questions?

In my interview with Michael Bungay-Stanier, he brought up a great point about leaders need to be curious to coach well. I believe we can take this to the next level.

Not only is curiosity needed to coach well. Curiosity is needed to LEAD well. This leads great leaders to ask questions of those they’re around.

So, what kind of questions do great leaders ask of other leaders? Let’s take a look.

1. Who has had a major impact on your leadership? Why?

2. What do you wish you would have known about leadership in your early 20’s?

3. How have you coped with failure?

4. Can you share what you’ve learned from past failures?

5. Is there 1 book that has impacted your leadership more than any other?

6. Who do you know that I should know?

7. Where do you find your inspiration?

8. How do you decide who to mentor?

9. Do you separate your work life and family life? Why?

10. When faced with 2 great opportunities, how do you decide which one to go with?

11. What advantages have you seen with social media (or any emerging technology) in business?

12. What steps have you taken to become a better leader? What has been its impact?

13. How do you relax?

14. How do you create a vision for your business that everyone on your team can latch onto?

15. What do you do to stay grounded?

Are you doing what great leaders do? Are you asking other leaders for advice and answers to your burning questions?

Question: What questions are you asking of other leaders? Share them in the comment section to help other leaders get in the habit of asking questions.

10 Questions Leaders Must Ask Themselves

Leaders have a unique set of responsibilities. They’re responsible for the health of their teams. Leaders are also responsible for their own health.

Being a leader requires us to be conscious of these 2 facts. It also requires us to continuously ask ourselves questions.

Without asking questions, it’s easy for a leader to get off-track. You will lose sight of the endgame. You will be tossed to and fro. You will not reach your leadership potential.

So, what questions should a leader ask themselves? Here are 10 questions that every leader must ask themselves:

1. Why am I leading? You’re leading for a reason. Or at least you started out leading with a reason.

Asking yourself “Why am I leading?” will help you put the focus back where it belongs.