Ask questions

So, here’s some good news: God has finally released me from the job of Job! A new position at an entirely new company has been a positive change to say the least. It’s one of those situations where you don’t realize exactly bad how things were until you have that moment of hindsight.

One of the best things about this new job is the mentorship aspect. Higher level management is more than happy to make time to help. It isn’t a competition, it’s a point of pride to know that they were the reason why someone succeeded. This is an entirely foreign concept to me.

Last week one of my mentors gave me a really spectacular piece of advice: “Ask questions.” Then she added: “Even if you know the answers.” Her reasoning is that it shows engagement and interest in the situation. In meetings and conferences this is a big deal because remaining silent can make one blend into the background. Questions make one more visible.

I also began to think about it when it comes to our relationships with other people. Asking the people around us questions about themselves, their jobs, their accomplishments, their kids, etc. shows that we care. It shows people that they are valuable. (Because they are and so are you!)

All these Facebook posts, Tweets, Snapchats, etc. are all telling people things about ourselves. We’re all talking at each other about “me, me, me.” It’s not so much a conversation as a statement of facts about ourselves. But when was the last time we stopped to ask someone about themselves? About a sick child or the job promotion? When was the last time we asked someone how they are and waited for an answer?

Definitely something to think about, huh?

What’s the best piece of advice someone gave you at work?

Jenn

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