I am flabbergasted at the lack of questions that come from Accountants. In our live workshops, our on line forum, our coaching meetings and even in general conversations – not enough questions are asked.
In my world we are providing systems, tools, education & coaching about matters that our clients (Partners of Accounting firms) want to learn:
Profit, People excellence, workflow, efficiencies, leadership, marketing, sales, value pricing etc.
These are all topics that my coaches and I are experts on. You are expert in finance, tax, structuring etc. Our clients pay good money to learn new ideas in each of the above topics yet when it comes time for questions – they seldom come.
I know we are good but we cannot be that good and explain it that well that minimal questions are forthcoming.
Why are you not more curious?
Why don’t you ‘put it out there’ and get clarification?
Why don’t you post more questions on our online forum?
I think I know the answer. You have been trained (by whom I am unsure) to be expected to know the answers. And anything less than knowing the answers is seen to be a sign of weakness.
I think by not asking questions – that is a sign of weakness. By not asking questions you are saying that you ‘know it all’. And you know what they say about people who know it all – they know little.
You might think that your question is a stupid question. Let me assure you the only stupid question is the one you do not ask.
I just don’t get it. I really don’t. There is a direct correlation between the curious ones and business success. Always seeking clarification and asking questions. Ask a better question – you might just get an answer and speed up your progress.
Go on – ask!