Start With A Simple Question

According to Michael Bungay Stanier, author of The Coaching Habit, says being curious involves asking questions – and they don’t have to be complicated ones. Start with, “And what else?”
Yes, its hardly the probing, introspective coaching question you expect. But it works really well.
It is based on the understanding that the first answer someone gives is never their only answer, and rarely their best. Far too many of us spring into action before we’ve uncovered the truth. We don’t probe a little further to dig beyond their half-baked thought or the first thing that comes to their minds. “And what else?” Allows us to push a little deeper.
This question works so well because it’s a self-management tool. You know you have an ingrained habit of leaping in with advice, solutions, opinions, and ideas. We all do. “And what else?” Is one of the most effective ways of taming your inner advice monster and staying curious a little bit longer.
This question is powerful because its almost always usable. You can generally get more bang for your buck by following up with “And what else?”
Of course, tone matters. You can ask this question from a place of boredom, frustration, disinterest, or disdain, and it’s unlikely to be effective. But when you ask from a place of genuine curiosity, the other person won’t even register that its a question. They might not even click that you’ve asked this before.
If you feel like you need to move things forward or end the conversation, ask them, “is there anything else?” This indicates that you’re prepared to end the discussion, but you’re giving room for anything important that they might still want to bring up. It’s an emotionally intelligent way to send a signal that you’re about to close the conversation.
Coaching is an essential leadership behaviour. Curiosity is the driving force in being more coach-like. Questions fuel curiosity. If you’re looking for just one question to add right now to your leadership repertoire, “And what else?” Might be it. Remember as a leader, educator or manager, your job is not to have all the answers-but to guide your employees to come up with the right ones.

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