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Questions to ask during a learning session.

Taken from John C Maxwell’s book Good Leaders ask Great Questions.

These are questions he asks to learn from others, to find out what they can teach him.

1. What is the greatest lesson you have learned? By asking this question you can seek their wisdom.

2. What are you learning now? This allows you to benefit from their passion.

3. How has failure shaped your life? This gives you insight into their attitude.

4. Who do you know whom I should know? This allows you to engage with their network.

5. What have you read that I should read? This allows you to direct your personal growth.

6. What have you done that I should do? This helps you seek new experiences.

7. How can I add value to you? This shows your gratitude and desire to add value to them.

Daily Checklist #21: Six Ways to Make People Like You

From the time less classic How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

1) Become genuinely interested in other people.
2) Smile!
3) Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
4) Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
5) Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.
6) Make the other person feel important and do it sincerely.

Daily Checklist #20: Four Major Effects Believers Should Have On The Culture Around Them

This is from O.S. Hawkins and breaking down the scripture Matthew 5:13

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

There are four major things that we can do to impact the culture around us by being the “salt of the earth”:

1) Salt Preserves – We must preserve our culture. 
2) Salt Flavours – It only takes a little salt to make a huge difference.
3) Salt Stings – We can use our example to convict others.
4) Salt Creates a Thirst – For the living water that enables us to never thirst again. 

Daily Checklist #19: Recognizing People of True Value

One of the most influential areas of your life that will determine where you end up is the people you hang around with. Van Moody shares in The People Factor what people of true value to your life should look like.

1) They should be seeking to please God, not looking to gain others approval.

2) They bring fulfillment, not frustration, to those with whom they are in relationships.

3) They take joy in helping prepare others for greatness instead of taking pride in their own accomplishments.

Ask yourself, are you being a person of true value to others around you?

Daily Checklist #18: A SERVANT SELF-TEST

1) When someone assumes you will do the hard work, do you joyfully accept responsibility, or do you do it grudgingly and resentfully?

Servants expect to do the hard work.

2) When you take up the extra slack, do you point it out to get the credit you deserve? Or are you satisfied by simply lifting the burden from another person’s shoulders?

Servants say “I have only done my duty.”

3) Imagine working under someone who you feel is less qualified than you. Do you challenge their authority to highlight their deficiencies and prove your own qualifications? Or do you work to bring success to the whole team? A football coach uses different personnel to manage different positions; the purpose is to get the right people in position to score. The team is more important than any individual’s role.

Servants understand that the goal is more important than the role.

4) Do you trade services or skills only for greater power in any given situation, holding out unless you get your way? Or do you give freely and without expecting anything in return?

Servants trade power for the privilege of seeing others succeed.

Daily Checklist #17: How Much Do You Know About The People On Your Team?

How Much Do You Know About The People On Your Team?

Here are 11 questions put together by Frank Pacetta in Don’t Fire Them, Fire Them Up. They are great questions to get to know more about what is at the heart of the teammates that you are leading.

1) What’s your background? Tell me about yourself.
2) Who was your role model growing up and why?
3) What’s the toughest thing you’ve ever done?
4) What was your most satisfying accomplishment?
5) What was the worst of times for you?
6) What excites or motivates you?
7) What do you do in your spare time?
8) Tell me about the best manager, coach, or teach you’ve ever had.
9) What can I improve on as a manager or a leader?
10) What can the company improve on?
11) How do you like being treated?

Daily Checklist #14: Three Reasons Why Most Don’t Succeed.

“My working assumption is that everyone wants to succeed. It makes sense doesn’t it? But why don;t they succeed? There are three reasons: deficiency of skills, lack of desire, or poor leadership.”

-Frank Pacetta

I find this so true, the amazing thing about our opportunity is that if you lack skills and leadership we can help you overcome that. We have amazing leadership within our organization that are willing to teach you all the skills you need to be a SUCCESS in your life and in business. What we can’t overcome for someone else is a lack of desire, that desire to become better, have better and do better must be itching inside a person for them to find success. So really it comes down to an issue of attitude, which you are in total control of.

Daily Checklist #13: A Management Test

This is an amazing list of questions to ask yourself if you are leading a team of people. It helps you put the focus on where the focus needs to be – your people. Post your results below. I believe this management test from Don’t Fire Them, Fire Them Up is so important that I am going to pin it directly to the menu.

  1. Did you recognize someone today? How about a pat on the back or a thank you? Yes/No
  2. Did you make an impact today? Yes/No (Specifically list what you did to move the business.)
  3. How many new customer contacts did you have today? (None gets instant failing grade for the entire test, ouch.)
  4. Did you teach, counsel, or motivate someone today to give him or her an edge? Yes/No
  5. Did you listen today? Yes/No. If yes, write down what you learned.
  6. Did  you think about your vision for the team? Yes/No
  7. Are your people focused? How do you know?
  8. Did you act to ensure that your process, the schedule you keep, was up and running today? Yes/No. If yes, what was it?
  9. What three leadership techniques did you use this month?
  10. What is the thing you’re going to do to make your team better tomorrow?
  11. Is each member of your team meeting your expectations? Yes/No. Describe your efforts to improve each person’s performance. (Apply to your directs only.)
  12. Did you provide a blast of energy, electricity, and excitement today? Yes/No
  13. Did you assume that everything is okay today? Yes/No. (Assume nothing. A yes earns a D-)