Are You Asking The Right Questions?
As I recently navigated the labyrinth of the Canadian health system for a family member, it became very clear that I needed to put on my researcher hat and dig deep. (BTW it is a pointy hat that gets into all the nooks and crannies!) The answers I was getting were, in fairness, directly related to the questions I asked. If I didn't ask the right questions or even know the right questions to ask, I would not receive the clear view of the situation. After many hours, ok days, a clear picture of intel emerged from which a plan was built.
Like any machine that we feed with data, the output is directly related to the input. Including our bodies. It really is: garbage in, garbage out.
Step 1 for any research project is to ensure we are asking the right questions.
So how do we know what to ask? My latest tip is to ask the person who is helping if there is anything they feel we should be asking about or for, and allow them the time to search their mental database for information they have and, more importantly, are willing to impart.
This is true when asking the hotel partners for 'stuff'. The clients who work with us know we will always ask. Again, through experience, we have learned the questions to ask. This experience has been honed over two decades of trial, error, success and reward. It’s also important to understand if your 'ask' is reasonable. Part of the journey is understanding there are no naive questions. However, experience allows us to identify and ask vital questions sooner.
What questions would you like answered? How can we help?
Top 5 Tips: Vacation Preparation
Work flow tends to slow down for many during the summer. Sometimes it’s a function of people on holidays deferring the work they have to a later date. In many cases the work piles up while you are away, which might lurk in the back of your mind as you are trying to relax.
Below you will find my Top 5 Tips for vacation preparation (and make sure to check out my video on the blog) so you can truly relax and not be stressed about a looming backload for your return to the office:
- Identify the problems: make a list of the tasks that might worry you during your holidays.
- If they are projects or tasks, split them into smaller components, if possible, and see if there is anything you can tackle now to contribute to a more restful vacation.
- Look at the remaining projects or tasks and identify those that can be delegated and what needs to be absolutely done by you.
- Are you relaxed and ready to go on vacation worry free yet? If not, compile a list of people or organizations who can assist you in advancing your projects.
- Think of organizations with expertise in certain areas that can work for you while you are away. Often they will save you time, money and worry. Need to hire for a key role? Use a recruiting service. Need to upgrade your office space? Contact a commercial real estate broker. Fallen behind in finding the location for your next conference? Contact us at The Howes Group!
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