What’s on your mind?
Michael Stanier, in his popular book The Coaching Habit, suggests that questions, more than information, more than telling, more than directives, may take you further, faster and with more impact.
And, according to A More Beautiful Question, Einstein, who began asking questions early and often, reckoned that if he had an hour to solve a problem and his life depended on it, he’d use 55 of those minutes making sure he was asking the right question.
Questions. Good ones can open up a conversation and take it to important places; the long term view or toward a powerful resolution.
And, a question can keep a conversation open in someone’s heart all day long.
So, what’s your favorite heart or future or thought question? What questions might serve us well as we seek to lead, coach or guide those we are in contact with? Whether that be in person, on air or over the phone?
Here’s a starter list.
How can we make it better?
What is possible?
How can we make the best use of …?
What brought you the greatest satisfaction afterward?
Is there a pattern?
If you only had to do one thing, what would that be?
What would the question be if I were someone younger/older/richer/poorer?
How do you move from the asking to the doing?
And finally, why does it matter?
Now, start your own collection…and discover for yourself what a difference an inquiring spirit brings to the conversation.