With your strategic planning around the corner, a lot of questions will be asked. But what questions are not being asked.
Are you afraid to ask them because you don’t want to hear the answer? Do you not want to hear answers so you can avoid taking the action required or dealing with the truth? Or maybe you think you’ll look bad as a leader.
Here are three questions leaders fear asking:
- If I had a clean slate, how should I organize this company for greater efficiency and improved financial performance
- Who are our three weakest links . . . and what can we do to improve them?
- What are our three greatest customer (or employee) retention problems . . . and what can we do about fixing them?
Challenge yourself to address the questions you’re most afraid to ask. Because doing this well will consume you, focus on only three questions at once.
The questions you’re afraid to ask might be holding you and your organization back? You could address your organization’s structure, your employee morale, your customer concerns, your process challenges, your forecasting barriers. You can challenge yourself to tackle personnel issues, competitors, even your leadership team. Everything is fair game.
If you don’t ask the questions and use them to plan improvements, then over time, you’ll see average performance lead to average results.
Leadership requires courage. And courage begins with facing the questions you’re afraid to ask.