I have a question?


Most of the Corporate meetings are quiet and one way communication.  Typically the Chairperson presents while the rest either remain silent or push minimal discussion forward. In absence of active participation and inputs from various attendees, the outcomes of such interactions are not encouraging. This culture adversely impacts the decision making of the organizations and hence their growth. Not only from organizations perspective, but also at individual level, such practices are not healthy for the employees and their development.

There is a long list of reasons for this passive behaviour. Fear of hierarchy, lack of subject knowledge, confidence and articulation skills, personality traits and organizations culture are a few common ones among many. These reasons are either employee related or pertaining to the organization. The members of the organization must overcome their mental barrier to sound their views, opinions or queries. They must be able to professionally assert and show flexibility to see through others’ point of view. Its important to take a position on concerned issues and communicate it as well. It doesn’t matter much if that position is right or not, as long as one is open to review one’s stand and if required change it as well. Many of the questions go unasked purely because of the apprehension that they should be perceived correctly. The individual must believe that ‘no question is stupid, at times answers are’ and raise the queries with conviction.

In order to make a high performance team, it is in the interest of the management to build a culture to encourage discussions, debate and take uncomfortable questions. This shows up as matured and confident leadership which promote its members to fearlessly say “I have a question”

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Rupesh Khare

Rupesh has an extensive, around 18 years, experience in Consulting and Strategic Analytics. The experience spans into multiple domains such as HR Analytics, Pharmaceutical and Non Life Insurance (Actuarial- Property and Casualty). In this journey, he majorly worked with HSBC, Aon Hewitt, marketRx and XL Group. He is currently pursuing one year full time Sloan’s Master in Leadership and Strategy at London Business School, London. Prior to this, he has an integrated MBA (Finance) from IBS Ahmedabad and M Tech (Mining Engineering) from IIT Kharagpur.