Questioning is a valuable skill that can and should be honed, write Alison Wood Brooks and Leslie K John for Harvard Business Review.
Do you ask enough questions? Probably not. But you could be missing a trick. Because questioning can stimulate learning and the exchange of ideas, fuel innovation, boost performance and build trust between colleagues.
We enter into conversation for two reasons: to gather information (to learn) or to make a positive impression (to be liked). Research conducted by Brooks and several of her Harvard University colleagues suggests people like being asked questions and, perhaps unsurprisingly, asking a person more questions results in the acquisition of more information about that person.