We are expert “assumers”. We assume we know what others want, how to communicate with them, the best approach to recognizing them, and more. Unfortunately, our assumptions aren’t often correct. They are typically direct reflections of our own preferences, not others’. The result? Challenging, even strained, relationships and team dynamics.
So what do we do about it? It’s quite simple really – we become intentionally curious. Instead of being expert “assumers”, we must become expert “askers”.
Here are five simple, but powerful questions to help guide intentional curiosity.