I gave a workshop to NUIG Executive MBA’ers last week called Powerful Conversations.
Obviously I did some research in advance which included an article from Harvard Business Review called ‘Leadership Is A Conversation‘ by Boris Groysberg and Michael Slind. Here are a few of the nuggets from the article:
• The essential attributes of interpersonal conversation: Intimacy, Interactivity, Inclusion, and Intentionality
What Groysberg and Slind didn’t emphasise is what I believe to be the KEY to powerful conversations – A Powerful Question.
So what makes a question powerful?
How we word the question is critical. Here’s a hierarchy of the first word you might use:
How could we have the conversation we are not having?What might DNA look like in 3D format?What could a good school also be?How might our staff be enthusiastically engaged in our strategic programmes?How do we have better conversations?
Intimacy, Interactivity, Inclusion, and Intentionality + a Powerful Question
= Powerful Conversations
What Powerful Conversation do you need to have, and what’s your question?
Contact me if you need some help.