“What kind of questions?” asked Ted.
“Look, in your position, as Manager, you often don’t have the technical details necessary to make a decision. As a Manager, that’s not your job. Your job is to bring value to the thinking and work of your team.” I waited for Ted to catch up.
“By asking questions?”
“Most Managers think their team will see them weak if they have difficulty making a decision, even if the Manager doesn’t have the technical details. So, sometimes Managers make a decision because they think it’s their job.
“If you have two engineers, each with a different method of solving a problem, you may not know which method is technically the best way.”
“So, how do you make the decision?”
“You don’t bring value by telling them what to do. You bring value by asking questions.
- What were the top three criteria on which you based your recommendation?
- What impact will your recommendation have on the time frame of the project?
- What two things could go wrong with your recommendation?
“Your job, as Manager, is not telling people what to do. Your job is to bring value to their problem solving and decision making.”