Be AWEsome ... Connect to someone today

Every day we can choose to be genuinely curious and really connect with our colleagues, friends and family.  I have found recently that using coaching techniques, such as asking open questions, is a great way to connect with people.  And that is where being AWEsome comes in.

The AWEsome question is simply asking "And What Else?" a few times, after an open question.  It gives people the chance to look more deeply into an issue by creating an open and non-judgemental "thinking space", rather than be satisfied with a quick answer.  For example, I was recently coaching a senior executive and we were talking about how he could leverage his strengths to overcome a particular workplace challenge.  

I asked him:  "What strengths do you bring to your role?"  
"Technical expertise and experience" very quickly came the response.
"And what else?"
"Hmm..  I'm passionate about doing a good job."
"And what else?"
A pause ....  "I can create a team environment where everyone can have their say."
"And what else?"
A long pause .... "I'm creative and able to develop options to respond to changes."
"And which of these strengths can you use to overcome your challenge?"
"....... Well I guess they can all be used.  Now that I think about it, maybe it is not that I can't tackle this challenge.  Instead it could be that I am a bit distracted with how many challenges there are and need to prioritise.  I can use my creative strengths to do that, and ask my team for their input."

Try this in the workplace....  You could ask your team ..  "What is an important thing we need to do today? ... AWE?  ... AWE? ...  AWE? .....  And, given our priorities, capability and capacity, what is the most important for today?"  Not only will you get an insight into what your team thinks is important, you will be engaging with them and helping them to work together to focus on what matters.  If you would like to find out more about using simple questions to coach your team, I suggest you take a look at an excellent book on the subject:  "The Coaching Habit" by Michael Bungay Stanier.

So please give it a go - take your chance to be AWEsome today and connect.

Warm Regards

Alaine