In my line of work people often assume that a Management Consultant has all the answers at the outset to the problems faced by a client. This is not necessarily true although having some subject matter expertise or industry experience is often useful. One of the real tools that a Consultant uses which I am going to share with you here in this article is the ability to ask quality questions from their clients which result in a meaningful dialogue and discovery process that in turn lead to the root cause or underlying issue being identified which then can be resolved by other means. The questions listed below I believe are helpful in discerning how to help a Mentee improve and by design are very general. If you find them useful, please feel free to adapt them to your purposes.
- How can I be of greatest help to you in our relationship?
- What was the best mentoring or coaching experience you have ever had? Why was it so effective for you?
- What are your most important goals right now?
- What questions can I help you answer?
- What is your time frame for achieving these goals?
- What are the most important obstacles you are facing?
- What have you tried so far? How has it worked?
- What are your greatest abilities or strengths?
- What has been most helpful for you in this conversation?
- What are your aspirations?
Posted on behalf of Chris Carnduff