I received a call from a friend. He asked me if I wanted to visit and play table tennis. This was yesterday. I responded immediately. Yes. I get excited when people want to be with me.
I get just as excited when people ask me questions, and are looking for my help. I get so excited that it has become hard to prioritize. I want to help. That’s part of the reason I work. But, I have realized that if I keep getting excited, and keep saying yes every time I get asked a question, I’ll never get to do the important things.
So, what’s the important stuff you might be asking? Doing the things I get asked to do are important enough. And doing them are meaningful. Don’t get me wrong. But, most of the time, saying yes and doing them are not aligning with my vision, or my mission. Other than that helping others is an important part of who I am.
Helping is important to me. But. The questions are rather; what type of help, and who should be receiving my help? Instead of waiting for the questions. I should be the one asking them, and to the “right” people.
As a leader, I’m looking for the powerful questions to ask. Questions that’ll help me coach people. Questions that’ll help them find the answer. Questions like:
– What would you do if you had unlimited resources?
– What is the experience you are looking to create?
– Where are we going?