What is a good question to ask? How do you find the right question for a specific situation? Why are questions such a powerful tool to unlock value in organizations, teams and individuals?
Asking questions enables:
- exchanging ideas
- innovation and iteration
- building trust
…and it can mitigate risks by reveiling unforeseen pitfalls and potential issues.
One of my dearest business mantras comes from the German poet and novelist Rainer Maria Rilke:
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue.”
How we use questions and for what purpose varies. My tip: For a day or two, be your own observer and note down which questions you ask to whom in which situation – and how many.
Learn to love the questions, too.
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