19 Often Overlooked Questions to Propel Employee Conversations

Smart leaders ask interesting questions. Questions often ignored by many; asked by a few.

Here are a handful of questions to help you bridge the gap from cubicle to community.

Your mileage may vary but I wonder which ones might work for you?

What would happen if we:

1. Connected disconnected pieces to show the "big picture?"
2. Created a visual map making it easy for everyone to know where we’re headed?
3. Shared more success stories?
4. Showed stories of how problems were solved?
5. Showed stories of how ideas failed?
6. Learned to be more trusting?
7. Invited employees to share their personal leadership tips?
8. Listened by asking what matters most to them?
9. Simplified complex business ideas with personal experiences?
10. Encouraged and told stories that point to something bigger than ourselves?
11. Presented more personality and humanized our company?
12. Started thinking "community" instead of "corporate?"
13. Saw or heard stories of leaders capturing our imaginations?
14. Told employees why we are in business in the first place?
15. Demonstrated our values in action when recruiting potential candidates?
16. Stopped using or creating strategies that don’t work?
17. Simplified things?
18. Considered today as the first day we had a communications department?
19. Integrated employees regularly in our communications?

What about you? What questions have you used to drive employee conversations?

Veteran producer and communications specialist Thomas Clifford helps Fortune 100's to non-profits breathe life into their brand story. He believes remarkable organizations deserve remarkable films.

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  • Spencer McDonald

    These are awesome questions to get the brainwaves moving and thinking in a positive way. I will be using these with my own change agents team to help us motivate and move a culture to the next level.

    One question I like to use is a hybrid of a Zig Ziglar quote, "How can we be better tomorrow than we are today?" This seems to keep us thinking about continuous improvement.

  • Spencer McDonald

    These are awesome questions to get the brainwaves moving and thinking in a positive way. I will be using these with my own change agents team to help us motivate and move a culture to the next level.

    One question I like to use is a hybrid of a Zig Ziglar quote, "How can we be better tomorrow than we are today?" This seems to keep us thinking about continuous improvement.

  • Spencer McDonald

    These are awesome questions to get the brainwaves moving and thinking in a positive way. I will be using these with my own change agents team to help us motivate and move a culture to the next level.

    One question I like to use is a hybrid of a Zig Ziglar quote, "How can we be better tomorrow than we are today?" This seems to keep us thinking about continuous improvement.

  • Spencer McDonald

    These are awesome questions to get the brainwaves moving and thinking in a positive way. I will be using these with my own change agents team to help us motivate and move a culture to the next level.

    One question I like to use is a hybrid of a Zig Ziglar quote, "How can we be better tomorrow than we are today?" This seems to keep us thinking about continuous improvement.

  • Spencer McDonald

    These are awesome questions to get the brainwaves moving and thinking in a positive way. I will be using these with my own change agents team to help us motivate and move a culture to the next level.

    One question I like to use is a hybrid of a Zig Ziglar quote, "How can we be better tomorrow than we are today?" This seems to keep us thinking about continuous improvement.

  • Spencer McDonald

    These are awesome questions to get the brainwaves moving and thinking in a positive way. I will be using these with my own change agents team to help us motivate and move a culture to the next level.

    One question I like to use is a hybrid of a Zig Ziglar quote, "How can we be better tomorrow than we are today?" This seems to keep us thinking about continuous improvement.

  • Spencer McDonald

    These are awesome questions to get the brainwaves moving and thinking in a positive way. I will be using these with my own change agents team to help us motivate and move a culture to the next level.

    One question I like to use is a hybrid of a Zig Ziglar quote, "How can we be better tomorrow than we are today?" This seems to keep us thinking about continuous improvement.

  • Spencer McDonald

    These are awesome questions to get the brainwaves moving and thinking in a positive way. I will be using these with my own change agents team to help us motivate and move a culture to the next level.

    One question I like to use is a hybrid of a Zig Ziglar quote, "How can we be better tomorrow than we are today?" This seems to keep us thinking about continuous improvement.

  • Spencer McDonald

    These are awesome questions to get the brainwaves moving and thinking in a positive way. I will be using these with my own change agents team to help us motivate and move a culture to the next level.

    One question I like to use is a hybrid of a Zig Ziglar quote, "How can we be better tomorrow than we are today?" This seems to keep us thinking about continuous improvement.