We started this series with Asking for a Promotion, and identified some steps to take to prepare before asking for a promotion.

Last week in You Got Promoted, Now What? Gratitude., we talked about the first of three ways to move into your new role.

If you haven’t seen last week’s post, let us remind you of the three things to keep in mind when you’ve been promoted:

  • Enter with gratitude for the opportunities to help the team create success.
  • Be curious about the people in those roles.
  • Have respect for what’s been done historically—even if you believe that, ultimately, some things need to change.

Today we’re talking about curiosity because
your ability to be curious as you start a new role
can increase your impact and credibility.

Engaging with people and getting to know what motivates them is a great first step to take once you’ve been promoted.

The following is a list of questions that will help you connect with those you’re leading so that you can create engaging and connecting conversations. The goal is to understand more about the people you’re working with, not grill them on who they are.

Approach your questions with warmth and kindness and you’ll have some rich conversations.

  • What brought you to this organization/department?
  • What type of management style helps you thrive?
  • How do you like to be recognized for your contributions and successes?
  • What can I do to support you in being successful in your role?
  • What motivates you in your work?
  • What is something that demotivates you about your position?
  • What’s your vision for success?

Click here to download a full list of helpful questions you can ask—not only of your new team, but also peers, managers, and within ongoing meetings.

Remember, the goal of curiosity is to find out what you don’t know. Asking questions is the best way to learn what’s working, what’s not working, and what could be better.

Next week, we’ll look at the third approach to entering a new role: respect.

If you’ve landed the promotion and would
like support with this important transition,
contact us today about Executive Coaching.