If you’ve ever had a small child in your life, you’ll be familiar with the constant question “Why?”. That’s because as humans, we have a uniquely constant desire to increase our knowledge by asking questions. According to French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty, this is unlike complete not-knowing beings (animals) or complete all-knowing beings (gods). And it’s the art of questioning that will make you a great leader. But unfortunately, contractors often feel they can’t ask questions – they believe the business contracting their services assumes they already have all the knowledge – after all, that’s why they’re paying for a contractor, right? Not so. Being willing to ask even the basics is, ironically, one of the smartest things you can do. It helps you build a foundation upon which you can apply your existing knowledge and external experience to determine solutions for challenges presented. Additionally, by asking questions of people in the organisation you’re contracted to – by asking them to share their experiences and insight – you will develop insights into their own level of understanding of the business and you’ll build connections…. which can lead to lasting relationships. Interestingly, research shows that asking more questions builds emotional intelligence, leading to better soft skills; all keys to leadership at work and interpersonal relationship building. The trick is to be able to ask the right questions – to ask questions people will enjoy answering because that’s what will stimulate the exchange of insightful ideas… The better the questions, the more benefit will be derived. Need more time to focus on coming up with questions? The Ayers Group can free your time by providing essential contractor management services to reduce your administrative burden and help you maintain compliance with your financial obligations. Our contractor management solution includes a user-friendly online dashboard, available 24/7 for you to manage contracts, upload timesheets, expense claims, invoices and more. One place where all your contracts and contractor finances can be accessed for day-to-day and year end management. Call an expert at the Ayers Group today to find out more.