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We’ve all been told that the only bad question is the one not asked.

That’s a lie. You know it. I know it. There is such a thing as a bad question.

Question Mark Man

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Just think about your last trip to the store. It may have gone something like this:

You enter through the automatic door. There’s a couple of sales associates chatting. And then you’re approached by a different sales associate.

He greets you by asking “Can I help you with anything today?”

Your instincts kick in and you answer, almost robotically, “No, I’m just browsing today.”

You’re able to answer with a yes or a no. No need to expound upon why you’re in the store.

The question gave you an easy out and you took it. Effectively ending the conversation.

“Can I help you?”

Why You Must Ask

July 16, 2012 — 24 Comments

Many people are self starters. They’re ready to pick up a task and get it done. You love them.

Then there are those that never start. They never seem to do anything.

There’s a simple action that needs to happen.

Question Mark Graffiti

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You must ASK them to do a task.

Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don’t go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won’t laugh at you.
– Jim Rohn

It’s not that they don’t want to be productive or to start a product. Many times it’s they don’t know the task is important. So they let it linger.

Rosario Dawson and Maria Teresa Kumar of Voto Latino learned this lesson. Their mission is to get Latinos excited to vote.

What Do You Do?

July 2, 2012 — 30 Comments

You’re at a networking event. Mingling and conversing with people you’ve never met. There are tons of questions to ask. But one that gets asked more than anything.

What do you do?

Red and white puzzle pieces

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Without a thought we normally spew out the simple answer. Stating the career we’re in. Or what we do professionally.

And we state it in simplistic terms.

  • I work in IT
  • I’m an accountant
  • I make sales

Is that all that you do? Do you just work in a field?

If you’re anything like me, the answer to the question is a resounding NO.

There’s so much more to you than what you do during your day job.

For example, let’s look at what I do.

My day job is that of an IT professional. Simply put, I make sure the computers at my place of employment are up and running.

Skip Prichard, CEO of Ingram Content Group

Skip Prichard, CEO of Ingram Content Group

Today marks the start of what I hope will be a great series of interviews. I will be sharing interviews that I have done with exceptional leaders and the insights that they have shared with me.

I hope you will enjoy the first installment as I interview Skip Prichard, blogger and CEO of Ingram Content Group.

1. Joseph Lalonde: Would you mind telling my readers a little about yourself? Hobbies, aspirations, family, why you do what you do, etc…

Skip Prichard: I have to admit I stared at this question the longest.  I’ve never been comfortable talking about myself.  When I launched my leadership blog in late December, I had to write an “About Skip” section.  I was really pleased with how it read.  And then some good friends weighed in saying, “Skip, you wrote all about your company and not a thing about yourself.”  So, I rewrote it and made it more personal.  It felt about as difficult as writing this to you.

Are You Asking Why?

May 12, 2012 — 14 Comments

Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
– Bernard Baruch

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Are you asking why?