Direction is overrated*

When someone asks you for guidance or direction, resist giving it to them immediately.

Instead, try responding:

“I’m happy to share some thoughts, but first I’m curious what you think?”

It’s very likely the direction asker already has ideas about how to move forward, they just need help (and permission) to share them with you.

As a leader, you can give this to them.

*Unless you’re lost in a foreign country with absolutely no idea how to get home and your Google Maps isn’t working. In this case, directions are great.