Lee Thayer: His Thinking Regarding Leadership & High Performance Organizations
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Lee Thayer has been one of the seminal thinkers in the area of communication.
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Great Leadership Requires Asking Questions

Great Leadership Requires Asking Questions | Lee Thayer: His Thinking Regarding Leadership & High Performance Organizations | Scoop.it

Great leaders are those who instead ask the right questions and engage others to arrive at the best answers together.


Via donhornsby, Annette Schmeling
ozziegontang's insight:

Lee would simply share: The role of the leader is to be a virtuoso question-asker.  Questions open. Answers close. 


Thanks to Annette Schmeling for sharing from Serving and Leadership.

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 20, 2014 10:10 AM

(From the article) “When a leader asks the questions,” says Wiseman, “they channel the energy and intelligence of their team on the challenge at hand, and they shift the burden of thinking onto others.”

 

Instead of looking to answer the big and important questions on his or her own, the multiplier asks provocative questions of the group and encourages them to work on it together. This engages employees like nothing else and no longer has them sitting on the sidelines awaiting the answer from their leader.

 

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 20, 2014 12:59 PM

A key is when asking questions is to listen deeply. I read Parker Palmer and use his work in my writing. The key person to question and listen to is one's self. This requires quietness that we do not find in the hectic pace of daily life. It is a meditative space when we listen to our self and to others.

Annette Schmeling's curator insight, March 20, 2014 3:46 PM

Effective questions are those that accomplish their purpose as well as build a positive relationships. Questions that work should build a deeper and better understanding of the problem and possible solutions, but should also construct better working relations among the problem solvers.  Edgar Schein in his book Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling promotes the kind of inquiry that comes from an attitude of interest and curiosity. Inviting others to tell their story in their own words helps to establish rapport, gather information and increase understanding.

 

Humble Inquiry changes the quality of listening from confirming habitual judgments and the focus on the factual/objective data to more empathic and generative listening (Otto Scharmer) and greater humility. My whole being is able to slow down and to be present when I can suspend my judgment and enter into the question at a deeper level. 

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How Reframing A Problem Unlocks Innovation

How Reframing A Problem Unlocks Innovation | Lee Thayer: His Thinking Regarding Leadership & High Performance Organizations | Scoop.it

An adapted excerpt of InGenius (Harper One) by Tina Seelig.


Taking a different perspective can lead to stunning breakthroughs in any industry,


We create frames for what we experience, and they both inform and limit the way we think.

 

Mastering the ability to reframe problems is an important tool for increasing your imagination because it unlocks a vast array of solutions.

ozziegontang's insight:

Fradank Maguire had a presentationn called:

Opportunity is Nowhere

By the time he finished you realized that:

Opportunity is Now Here.

So it is all about how we think.  Get your thinking correct and you're off to a good start. Get it wrong and...  If I get it wrong, I and my world will suffer.

Think it was Will Rogers who said:  it ain't what you know that gets  you in trouble. It what you know that just ain't so that does.

As Seelig shares: Framing and reframing of problems also opens up the door to innovative new ventures.

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