Ed Evarts

Raise Your Visibility & Value: Ask Your Colleagues the Million Dollar Question

Many of the clients with whom I work only collect feedback during their annual performance appraisal (if they get one at all). The idea of asking for feedback on their own time table never crosses their minds.

Why wait! I encourage many of my clients to ask their boss, key colleagues, and their subordinates the million dollar question – “What are 1 – 2 things I could be doing differently to be more successful?”

Why is this the million dollar question?

  • It’s simple.
  • It’s positive.
  • It’s focused on the future.
  • Folks react better to the word “differently” versus the word “better” as these folks don’t feel they are judging you or telling you something you are doing is bad.
  • It is a great way to build relationships with key colleagues.
  • It is focused on success!

When is the last time you collected feedback from your boss, your colleagues, or your subordinates? If it has been more than 30 days, it is time to ask the million dollar question.