Career Development Discussion

Relationship Building Questions


These 50 relationship building questions will help you craft the right questions to begin having more meaning conversations and dialogue. 

Asking questions make people think more than if a statement is made. Done well, questions should be more introspective and will evoke a more intelligent response.

"How?" you might ask. 

  • They engage rather than remove.
  • They empower versus usurp.
  • They are more likely to create action.

Don’t accept simple “yes/no” responses, but make sure examples, stories, and personal experiences are shared.  Then make them think hard about how their answers impact results.  


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The best coaches are often the ones pushing their team members to keep growing. 

- "The Coaching Effect" book pull quote
"My manager will ask me what areas I am interested in regarding career development and encourages me to seek those out. He meets with us one-on-one to show how our personal goals can be met by meeting our professional goals."
- The Coaching Effect survey response
As their coach, you need to be the one to challenge your team into
Complexity. You cannot define their career interests, goals, or needs, but you can help motivate them to pursue them.
- "The Coaching Effect" book pull quote

About the creator 

Stacia Jorgensen has invaluable expertise in data collection, analysis, and research reporting as the Director of Research at EcSell Institute. She leads all research initiatives, the creation of coaching performance assessments, and was instrumental in helping EcSell translate coaching into a series of measurable metrics. Her research discoveries now provide leaders a never seen before view of team performance that is changing how teams are coached, led, and managed.