Many coaches, leaders, and collaborators struggle to get others to engage, to step up and take ownership, to commit to the process. What to do? One thing would be to examine our own behavior. What’s our own ratio of giving advice versus asking empowering questions?

This workshop will expose a simple and powerful lesson about being in a position of authority as a coach, mentor, or leader: That giving advice may be the worst thing you can do when you want others to take ownership; and asking empowering and thought-provoking questions may be the best thing you can do.

In this hands-on workshop you will practice asking different types of questions in different contexts and experience the difference between listening to yourself give advice and engaging and empowering others.

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About the Speaker(s)

Christopher Avery, "The Responsibility Process guy", is a reformed management consultant. After a decade helping corporations help smart, ambitious professionals find ways to cope with lives they don't want and think they can't change, Christopher realized coping skills are overrated. A better skill is knowing how to apply your innate leadership ability to face and overcome any challenge. That's freeing. Today he supports leaders and leadership teams in generating newfound freedom, choice, and power for themselves and others. How? By advancing the world's first proven how-to approach for understanding, teaching, and taking personal responsibility. A speaker with style and substance, Christopher keynoted the first combined XP Agile Universe conference in 2004, and agile conferences around the world since then. He authored the popular classic "Teamwork Is An Individual Skill" for everyone who wants to be done with bad teams. His new book "The Responsibility Process" offers practices gleaned from twenty-five years of applied research on responsibility-taking and leadership. He's the host of The Leadership Gift Program and its worldwide community of leaders and coaches who are mastering responsibility and producing results that matter. Christopher is the CEO of Partnerwerks, Inc., the leadership development firm. Wondering why so many smart people spend unhappy lives at work, he left a perfectly good job in his mid-twenties to return to school and earn a Ph.D. in organization science from the University of Texas at Austin. Don't call Christopher if you don't want change.