It’s all too easy for business meetings to become “same old, same old.” People may avoid asking tough questions to protect their status, preserve group harmony or get it all done sooner. Still, a disruptive question at the right moment can serve everyone’s interests.
Let’s consider five examples of how disruptive questioning can help a business meeting environment.
1) Present an Opportunity for Growth
Is your enterprise doing everything it can to succeed? It’s easy to get stuck on the path of least resistance, but this rarely produces stellar results. If you notice a chance to exceed your own expectations, it may be a good idea to bring it up.
Example: “What can we do to over-deliver for this client?”
2) Encourage Creativity and Innovation
No matter how successful an approach has been in the past, there’s always a way to do things better, faster and with less expense. Innovation is worthwhile because it has a long-term growth effect on what you can achieve in future, similar situations.
Example: “What new tools or techniques can we trial on this project?”
3) “Think Outside the Box”
Groupthinking has the capacity to kill great ideas and set projects on the wrong track before they even start. People often feel that things “can’t be done” or must be done a certain way without exploring the reasons why. By breaking out of the box and encouraging individual creativity, the entire team seizes advantages.
Example: “What would happen if we approach this a different way?”
4) Play “Devil’s Advocate”
One of the biggest challenges in any form of decision-making is planning for what might go wrong. This is particularly dangerous in business if an approach has a good short-term record of success — where’s the contingency planning? It’s questioning to the rescue.
Example: “What are the plans if there are unexpected delays?”
5) Focus the Discussion
No matter how experienced the group members are, it’s possible to lose the forest for the trees. If you ask the right question at the right time, you can spur a reassessment of priorities and focus on what’s really important. Just be sure not to sound impatient while you do it!
Example: “What’s the most important aspect of success on this project?”
In life and in business, asking questions is vital: It helps you see new possibilities and grow – individually, as a team and as an organization. Deploy the right questions at the right time for the best results.
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