Have you ever seen a seasoned project manager at a meeting ask a bunch of pointed questions and quickly grasp the situation at hand?
It seems the more seasoned that project managers are, the more they realize the need to ask questions. Ironically, the more inexperienced project managers are the ones who really need to ask questions, but they rarely do. Perhaps they're afraid of looking foolish, or disclosing that they don't really understand the subject matter.
As I've written about before, this is one of the most vital mistakes inexperienced project managers make.
Here's a great quote I saw in Neal Whitten's book, No-Nonsense Advice for Successful Projects(which I posted on yesterday).
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
- Chinese proverb
Wise advice indeed.