Leadership Tips: Avoid Giving Advice

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Do you love giving advice? Most of us do. It feels good. It can makes us the "go to" person.

The problem is... it isn't effective.

It is scientifically supported that giving advice is not the best way to help people solve their problems.

Work by David Rock at the NeuroLeadership Institute shares that for insights to be useful and to create behavior change, they need to be generated from within - not given to individuals. In other words, people need to answer questions and work through the problem themselves in order to create new pathways in their brains.

If self-generated insights don't happen, behavior most likely will not change.

This week's tip is to pay attention to when you want to give advice and ask questions instead.

Do you give advice often? What tips do you have to stop?

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