According to Dear Abby, “There is no such thing as a stupid question if it’s sincere.” In general, questions are a valuable growth tool. A well-timed question at work or in private can help you grow both personally and professionally.
The next time you’re trying to work up the confidence to raise your hand, consider the following benefits of questions:
Benefit Others: Don’t be afraid to ask questions (when appropriate) in professional settings. You may be surprised to learn later that people around you were wondering the same thing! Questions can also make a group more comfortable and encourage a more creative dynamic.
Encourage Critical Thinking. Does an issue exist with a plan or project? Effective and respectful questions can help you and your team problem solve early on. In the end, your team will be glad you asked important questions.
Build a Lifelong Habit: Technologies, markets, and business models advance every few years. A questioning frame-of-mind can help you become a lifelong learner. Educate yourself on new topics to stay competitive. You may even decide to research further online with books or classes.
Build a Connection: Seeking the best answers for you? Take time to build a relationship with an experienced professional. A mentor can be a valuable source of support as you make your next step along your professional journey. Their successes and failures can help inform you with relevant, insightful answers.
Learn When to Ask and When to Listen: While a questioning mind is important, there are instances where you’re better off following a time-tested plan. Rather than question every step, if an effective system is in place, then it may be in your best interest to go along with it. Here, the role of a mentor can you help you determine when to question and when to stick to a plan.
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