In nearly all groups, and especially in a workplace environment, there are 1 or 2 individuals who resist embracing the entire question experience. Resistance comes in all shapes and sizes, but here are tips I have tried over the years to get "Late Adopter Larry" engaged in the conversation:
- Ask questions in their "wheelhouse". Does this person love to cook? Have a week long series of questions about cooking, food, or restaurants. Getting them to open up about topics they love may open them up to questions in other areas.
- Leverage early adopters. On every team I have lead, there are early adopters who LOVE the question concept of GroupGlue. Give those early adopters an opportunity to come up with their own questions. When a PEER starts asking questions (instead of the leader), the resisters want to support their cube mates, and you'll discover they participate a bit more.
- Give them time. In my book GroupGlue, I shared an example of how one of my teams did not want to meet daily. They grumbled about how they could use those 15 minutes in a more productive way. Needless to say, I stuck to a consistent program and kept asking these questions. Soon most members of the team were on board, but there was one guy, Late Adopter Larry, who continued to resist. He would grudgingly participate but would only answer a question if asked directly. After three months, he finally started to open up a little. Although he was never the first one to offer up an answer, he participated from that point on.
As promised, here are 5 more questions you can use with your team this week:
- What was the weirdest food you have ever eaten?
- If you were on death row, what would you request as your last meal?
- What is your favorite candy as an adult?
- What are your 3 favorite spices to use when cooking?
- Who in our group/team/tribe would most likely win a hotdog eating contest?
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