The second topic in my Q&A with Gary Cohen, author of JUST ASK LEADERSHIP: Why Great Managers Always Ask the Right Questions, focused on personal transformation. His answer was not quite what I expected, for he rejected my assumption that transformation would needed as “a matter of course.”
- Crossderry: Of course, so many of us will be moving through different firms and roles that change will be a constant in our careers. Any suggestions for making personal transformation a “core competence” that we leverage as a matter of course?
- Gary Cohen: Well-designed questions will enable you to learn as much as you can about each firm, role, and set of coworkers, as quickly as possible. Questions signal a desire to learn from and work with others, not compete and contest. If you’re an exceptional question-asker, wholesale personal transformation may not be necessary to successfully navigate each and every career change.