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Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.
Interesting approach to the two scenarios you presented: asking questions instead of giving answers
I have same sentiments with Kiron's suggestion:
"... leader to ask thought provoking questions to help team members identify problems clearly, come up with their own options and commit... However, if there is a time sensitive crisis OR if the team members lack the experience or knowledge..., the leader could be more directive with guidance and solutions."
A balance between asking and answering members would be good. Leaders need to learn the analytical ability to gauge the situation and guide with solutions and empower members to seek answers on their own. At the same time, members need to learn to be independent and resourceful.
I thought I answered this already. I will try again: There is no black and white or general approach to this. It is purely a situation based approach.
In answer to your questions to me:
- Do you think there should be full accountability on the Project Manager?
- - - Yes, accountability begins with and ends with the project manager (when operating under charter as the accountable PM).
As it relates to your overall question, when put through a “challenge-based” process both the “Ask” and the “Answer” are giving an appropriate audience.
I found this comment very interesting: "some people deploy techniques to increase their contributions and thus influence"
My interest (I assure you it is genuine) is to know the opinion of reputable people in this community and in the project management profession on this topic.
What led me to create this topic?
The context we live today:
- Democratization in access to information
- Dynamics of working with students when they attend college
- Younger people with a high level of knowledge
- Younger desire to understand "why"
- Young people's desire to participate in the decision-making process (when they do not participate their performance is poor)
How can I know the opinion of people like the ones I mentioned above?
Asking or answering?
In the context of project management, PM should play the role of "Facilitator" in solving problems and should not give answers according to what he or she consider the most appropriate. PM's idea can be an alternative option that should be presented out to the team to assess the same way as other options. So, in all cases, PM should ask questions, work closely with team and let team to come up with their choice.
I think both of them are appropriate depending on the eligibility and self awareness of the team members. But if you are an emotionally intelligent project manager, you will easily find the balance between two options.
Thanks for your comment
The communication process written on social networks has a lot to say
Not to mention communication between people with different cultures
You wrote: "Sometimes the absence of questions reveal the best answer ;-)"
Does it mean that the communication between the parties involved was perfect?
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