4th December 2019


How do you know the answer?

Here's how you can admit that you simply don't know to build trust, respect and knowledge among your employees. If a direct report asks, depending on the question, express your curiosity, and then position the question as a development opportunity for them to find an answer. Ask them to loop back, but don't take it on.

Accordingly, what are the right questions?

Avoid asking rhetorical questions. A rhetorical question is a figure of speech in the form of a question. They are typically asked in order to make a point rather than to elicit an answer. Such questions are not really questions but are designed to force someone into a specific response.

Can May I ask you a question?

In addition, "may" version is more polite than the "can" version. Realistically speaking, both ask for permission and neither is offensive, but yes, "may" is still more polite than "can."
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