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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.

Ed Evarts is the founder and president of Excellius Leadership Development, an organization focused on coaching mid- to senior- level leaders and their teams in business environments. With over twenty-five years of innovative leadership and management experience, Ed possesses the ability to build awareness, create action, and deliver results. Known for his business acumen, his ability to resolve complex human relations issues, and his enthusiastic, accessible and responsive style, Ed partners with managers, leaders and business teams to explore clarity and communication, and traverse conflict and change.