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Google helps us find answers. That’s what they are designed to do. What can be hilarious is that in less than a second, millions of answers appear; that can be overwhelming. The trick for us is to ask a great question, to put in a focussed request. That works with people too.

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How do you ask questions of your people, your clients, your partners? When you want lots of ideas, do you ask wide-open questions? Probably. But, when you need a specific answer, do you ask a focussed question? Not so likely. What one thing will you do to sharpen your question-asking skills? Could asking questions in sets of two or three or even four, bring clarity for you? Could shifting the ownership of the issue to your teammate, asking what they would do if they had to choose, give the response more heft?

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