How managers can get better results by asking better questions

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A manager’s ability to bring out the best in their direct reports is hugely affected by whether they engage them in conversations about what they, the manager, can do to help their direct report perform at their best. The usefulness of these conversations depends, in large part, upon the quality of questions the manager asks, because:When you ask people better questions, you get better answers, and therefore, the information you need to get better results from them.In this article, you will find a list of questions that will lead to productive conversations yielding valuable engagement and productivity-enhancing information from each employee.You will only use a few questions in any one conversation, given the depth of information each one can potentially provide.Questions 1-7 are a great way to start the process off, especially with new hires. Because the questions are about past managers and past employers, they require less candor and courage than answering questions about their current employer and current manager, i.e. you. Because of that, you can get incredibly useful information on how to bring out the best in them in a non-threatening, non-intrusive way. continue reading »last_img read more