Productivity Techniques from professional business coach

Asking and Answering Tough Questions

“You ask some hard questions.”

“Yes, I do, that’s my job as a Productivity Coach.

When I’m coaching clients and I ask a question, what follows is a long pause. That’s when I know we are on the right track and getting somewhere. Usually the pause is followed with ‘that’s a good question.’ There’s lots of thinking and strategizing when being coached by someone. It’s not an easy process. It’s not easy to get out of your comfort zone to try new things. There is a learning curve and, in that learning, comes action and new awareness’.

In a recent client session I asked:

How can you be a better boss?

What can you do to maximize your day?

When can you complete that self imposed deadline?

Where do you see growth and potential in your current client list? Offerings? Products?

What’s on your task list you can eliminate and let go of?

Who could you delegate one of your tasks to?

If you free up time, what would you want to do instead?

Why is this important now?

How can you be a better leader for your company?

What drives you to work at a higher level?

Ask these questions of yourself. See what shifts and changes you need to make. Answering them can lead to more clarity and a better direction. If you get ‘stuck’ answering them, it might be the perfect reason to reach out for further coaching.

Margo Crawford is a Productivity Coach and Professional Organizer with Wave Productivity. She works with entrepreneurs, small business owners and business professionals to help them get more focused, organized and productive in their workplace. She coaches by phone nationally and in person in Phoenix, Providence and Boston. If you want to get more organized in your office call 602-677-8275 or email [email protected].