Asking Questions with APPLE

January 5, 2012

Asking Questions and using Apple

Asking questions is critical to great leadership. Remembering to ask questions can be difficult for new leaders. If you are struggling with this, try this APPLE! Apple technique for questioning.

Ask the right question. Right questions are open-ended and encouraging. They help others imagine new solutions.

Pause after you ask the question. Accept silence, even if it’s uncomfortable. The pause gives your team time to think. Don’t bail your team out with another question (unless your first was poorly worded) and don’t provide your answer.  If you find that the subject is getting difficult, check out our guide to ease difficult situations.

Pick a team member to provide the first answer. Always start with either the most introverted or the lowest ranking to draw them out, then let the usual suspects respond.

Listen closely to what is said. Does the body language confirm the comment, indicate indecision, or suggest falsehood? What wasn’t said, and why?

Expound on what you hear and test it out with additional questions. Show understanding and enthusiasm for your team’s ideas and a willingness to bestow credit and explore further.  The more you demonstrate this support and interest, the more your team will reward you with greater alignment, engagement, and accountability.

Bring an APPLE technique for questioning to your next meeting to help you facilitate great conversation.

The art of asking the right questions is paramount. Embracing the APPLE technique for questioning is not just about fostering great conversations; it’s about transforming your leadership style to be more inclusive, attentive, and responsive. At CO2 Coaching, we understand the challenges and triumphs of leadership. Our executive coaching services are tailored to help you navigate these complexities with ease and confidence.

Whether you’re a seasoned leader or stepping into a leadership role for the first time, CO2 Coaching is here to guide you. We offer a spectrum of coaching services designed to align with your unique leadership journey. Our experienced coaches will work with you to develop strategies that enhance your ability to ask meaningful questions, listen actively, and engage your team effectively.

Remember, great leadership is not just about having all the answers; it’s about asking the right questions and creating a space where others feel empowered to contribute their best. Bring an APPLE to your next meeting, and watch the transformation unfold in your team’s alignment, engagement, and accountability.

Ready to take your leadership skills to the next level? Connect with CO2 Coaching today and embark on a journey of growth and excellence. Let us help you harness the power of asking, pausing, picking, listening, and expounding in your leadership role. Visit our website to learn more and schedule your first coaching session. Transform your leadership, one APPLE at a time.

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