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Ask the Question

Ask the Question

Here’s the challenge for those of you who want to lead. If someone in a meeting says something using jargon that you aren’t sure everyone in the meeting understands but is afraid to admit they don’t understand, ask the question on their behalf. Show them that asking questions is a good thing, and model the behavior that says learning is so important here that we ask questions without fear.

It also sends the message that we expect everyone to take the time and explain things to each other. That’s a big part of having a learning culture.

Good Way to Develop Those “Soft” Skills People Are Always on About – Train Others
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Good Way to Develop Those “Soft” Skills People Are Always on About – Train Others

If you want to challenge yourself to learn something deeply, start figuring out how you would train someone to do it. If your employer doesn’t have an opening for a full-time trainer, create some opportunities to cross-train with your team, to reach out across teams and help teach them some of your skills, or to introduce them to some new technology that is coming. The skills you develop with come in handy, and you’ll be showing off some serious leadership skills as well, something that is probably in short supply in your industry. It is in most, anyway.