We are lucky enough to work with some excellent executive teams, this is often around organisational change, be that cultural or to improve the effectiveness of the leadership team.
Whatever the topic the ability to ask the right questions at the right time, that challenge and provoke thoughts and innovations is what we are there to do.
This article is very interesting in that breaks down what happens when a person is asked a question. What stood out is that we need to focus on one question at a time, it comes back to giving a person time to answer in an interview for example and avoiding multiple questions at once.
Where I am going with this is that the best performing exec teams are the ones that see the benefit in not only using the power of questioning but also being challenged and indeed challenging each other, lets be clear - not arguing, this is about getting the best out of each other.
I come back to the 5th Covey Habit "seek first to understand, then to be understood".
I also take this to mean that we should understand ourselves, our impact, our best ways of learning and our limitations. If we do this first we give ourselves the best opportunity to develop the skills and mindset to question others, which done well can motivate, innovate, coach, build trust and in simple terms get things done.
Questions are powerful. Not only does hearing a question affect what our brains do in that instant, it can also shape our future behavior. And that can be a powerful principle in the workplace.