Own the question, win at politics

We love questions. Questions help us learn about things. They are amazing.

After reading this Inc. article about The Secret to Winning at Work we know that questions can help solve all our office politics problems as well.

Imagine something went really wrong at work. A project tanked. A client lost. Raise your hand if you feel the urge to immediately point fingers away from yourself? (We’re not proud of it but we’re holding up all our hands.)

Instead of crafting iron-clad arguments on why you’re without blame, why not ask — and own — a question.

In the case of a tanked project or a lost client the questions could be as simple as:

How do we fix the project?

How do we win back the client?

Suddenly, with help of a simple question, you’ve made clear that you’re part of the solution, not the problem. Questions, they are amazing indeed and clear the road to what really matters.

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