Use Great Questions to Help Your Veterinary Team Find The Right Answers

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By Randy Hall

May 24, 2024

As veterinary practice leaders, we often feel the need to be the ultimate problem-solvers, armed with all the answers. But let's face it, no one has all the answers. The constant pressure to know everything can hinder our team's growth, stifling innovation and the ability to adapt to challenges.

Empowering Our Veterinary Team and the Art of Asking

Instead of trying to be all-knowing, let's become a catalyst for critical thinking. Instead of doling out solutions, let's encourage our teams to discover their own answers. Instead of simply instructing, let's inspire them to embrace new approaches.

Yes, giving instructions might seem faster in the moment, but it comes at a cost. When we constantly provide answers, we miss out on cultivating a team of agile, resourceful problem-solvers. And let's be honest, a practice thrives when its team is not only inspired but also empowered to make decisions.

Questions are the Gateway to Growth and Engagement

True learning happens when our minds grapple with challenges, devise solutions, and unlock those "aha!" moments. These insights aren't triggered by instructions, but by thought-provoking questions. Questions ignite specific regions of our brains, releasing neurotransmitters that propel us toward innovative solutions.

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Think about it: we're all more committed to actions we choose for ourselves, right? Our role as leaders is to guide our teams in making informed choices about how they tackle problems and embrace change. Full engagement isn’t a command, it's a consequence of empowering choices.

The Balance Between Questions and Answers

Of course, there are instances where we need to share information or provide direct guidance. But let's not underestimate the power of fostering learning and igniting insight. As leaders, our ultimate goal is to make a lasting impact, and questions are far more potent than mere statements.

It's time to re-evaluate how we measure our success as leaders. Instead of solely valuing the "right answers," let's celebrate the ability to ask the right questions. By fostering a culture of curiosity, we unlock the full potential of our veterinary teams, paving the way for a more dynamic, adaptable, and successful practice.

Are you ready to Transform your veterinary practice?

Start asking those great questions today!  And to take your leadership skills to the next level, why not experience the power of VetLead firsthand?

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Do you have some go-to questions that help drive your practice forward? Share them with your colleagues in the comments below.

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