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Ask Yourself This

· Coaching,Questions,Leadership
The first month of 2017 is done already. Have you been surprised, annoyed, questioned, playful, confused, bemused or found something new amongst the familiar? Have you reflected on your leadership practice from a new perspective?


Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often. - Mae West


Here are the #Leadership #Coaching #Questions I asked on Twitter in January. My client asked for this collection. “Your questions are difficult… in a good way”. I share this work in progress in the spirit of working out loud. Thank you to the clients, friends, authors and serendipity that inspired the questions. Notice which questions are productive for you and tell me where they take you. You can read more as I post them here. Enjoy the journey.


Just another year?

Have you got first mover disadvantage?

What are you looking forward to?

How can you lead if you will not listen?

Which curve are you ahead of?

Who do you allow to distract you from your objective?

What is the source of the respect?

Whom will you influence today?

Recharge or relax?

New year, new job?

Which ways of seeing are available to you now?

What triggers you to fight or flight?

Do you reinforce your expectations in a gentle & relentless way?

Have you fallen in love with your job title?

Do you want to hear the answer?

Can you imagine...?

Are you acting out the Prisoners Dilemma at work?

What can Excel not tell you?

Are you encouraging a fantasy of permanence?

Visibility happens in the viewer, so what are you looking for?

Exactly, how many next steps?

How do they respond when you offer silence?

Who is taking control of your calendar?

Is Friday afternoon when you start dreaming about a time machine?

Is this the exception that proves the rule?

How can lost become found?

What makes a good deadline?

Is a happy worker a productive worker?

Where does the magic come from?

Does your team know who you are?

Ready or not?

Who found it first?

How are you learning to learn?

Well suited?

How much time did you invest in your top 3 priorities this week?

Bored? How would you make this activity exciting?

Another endless meeting?

What could derail your week & what will you do about it?

Who will notice?

How does your choice of meeting room influence the meeting outcome?

Have you been seduced by certainty?

Is there safety in numbers?

Are you jealous of you directs' visibility to senior leaders?

Red/Amber/Green then who takes responsibility?

Where would you rather be now?

What qualities will you look for to choose your next mentor?

Are you equipped to make the difference you're aiming for?

Does your team have self-awareness?

Who are your silent supporters?

Does your team escape to harmony, conflict or the washroom?

What are the constraints?

Are you managing ambiguity or are you creating it when you speak?

When you say ’should’, what do you want your team to understand?

Does your business depend on people not sharing information?

Did you inherit your interview skills from your interviewers?

What can you do differently this week?

When are you at your most creative?

Would you follow yourself?

What methods do you use to make sure you see the wood not the trees?

How do you find the value behind "we always do it this way”?

How much does knowledge flow cost your business?

Yesterday, did you think about what you will achieve today?


Andrew Jones is an Executive Coach and Career Counselor. Please contact Andrew directly if you want to learn more about this topic.