By Jeff Gau, Marco CEO – In grade school, I remember teachers saying, “There is no such thing as a dumb question.” Curiosity and a quest for knowledge are positive at any age — and any level of your career.
But the questions we ask from the classroom to the conference room actually do matter. What types of questions are you asking?
- Dumb Questions: Questions that focus on one-offs, comments disguised as questions or ones that ask the obvious can completely derail meetings. None of them ignite healthy dialogue, deepen understanding or provide clarity — as a question should.
- Good Questions: The best questions promote better conversations, move the conversation forward, drive action and focus on results. They can create new ideas, provide clarity and build consensus.