It’s a simple premise.
We are all stimulated by the things we experience.
The world around us provides triggers for our senses. Our brains decode the inputs and then, often in the flash of a microsecond, decides what to do about it.
From the age old example of putting our finger on something hot and our brain telling us to move it away – quickly – to reading an interesting book and that changing the way we see the world.
These are all sensory inputs that we respond to in ways that we learn fast (the hot finger scenario) – to those occasions where we have the opportunity to choose our actions, like when we find out something interesting from a book.
We also learn from others too.
As managers, we are able to help our people learn and grow in many ways – we can teach them new things; give them new experiences in the workplace; coach and support them to develop themselves.
There’s an array of activities we can ‘do’ with those people in our care as our employees and team members.
There’s something simpler even than that too.
We can ask questions that trigger their thinking.
By being inquisitive (or just plain ‘nosy’, as we might say in England), we can use our own ‘not knowing’ to ask simple questions that help us – and more importantly – our people discover.
“Every question we ask someone, changes their lives in at least some small way”.
And it’s always for the good for them, because it helps them create their own futures.
Intrigued? Try playing with this!
Remember to expect nothing back – trust them to create their own thinking and actions that follow in their own time, in their own way.