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Looking for Big Answers? It’s All in the Question

As the CEO of a corporate innovation training firm, I’ve discovered an art and science to asking the right questions. But the right questions—the ones that challenge assumptions and expand our thinking—are often the most uncomfortable. Over the past twenty years, I’ve often worked with company leaders who are so focused on getting the right answer that they forget how to ask the right question. But unless we ask new questions, we won’t find new answers.

When presenting a situation to a group in our client-training sessions, we generally ask “what’s the solution to fix this?” People are immediately compelled to offer suggestions, but very few actually inquire about the problem itself. The reason? We’ve been taught all of our lives to answer questions and generate results, but have barely even been given the time and permission to examine WHY. Overcoming … Read More »