When we think we know we stop asking questions. Perhaps, we even stop listening. Sometimes, we assume we have the right answer or know what another is thinking. But, in reality, we don’t? If we want another’s truth, or we’re trying to collaborate and be inclusive, it’s important to ask others for their thoughts.

A simple question like, “What do you think,” can be invaluable. Ask, and then listen carefully and fully to the reply. Explore key words in order to be certain you understand the message as intended. Take time to talk and learn more about the speaker and the subject of discussion. With greater insight into the other’s point of view, you’ll be better positioned to create positive impact and demonstrate respect.

The openness and humility to ask, “What do you think,” invites feedback and reduces the risk of errors, oversights and exclusion. This simple question can open dialogue and foster collaboration.