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No matter the path you choose, what I hear in conversations with friends, family and colleagues is a lot of reexamination and exploration, and of old assumptions being challenged, disproven, reshaped or even cast aside. New opportunities are opening up, borne out of challenges that will all demand innovation, and an ability not to get stuck in the past so much as learn and unlearn from it, and move forward with trust, open-mindedness, and curiosity.
Among the most vital tools for moving forward is a strengthened ability to ask questions. That’s why I was particularly struck by recent outreach from a participant in the Chief Product Officer Accelerator, where I am a mentor: a request for help on how to ask questions. They were worried about the risk of asking questions that would make them either look incompetent or create conflict with colleagues. I asked myself:
Why are we afraid to ask questions?
How can we encourage asking questions?
What if we asked questions as readily as we provide answers?
How can asking better questions help us, especially now?
Starting in our earliest school days, we are rewarded for raising our hands with the answer. Asking questions? With larger class sizes and the growing complexity of teachers’ roles, how many extra questions can be explored? By the time we join the workforce, we are well-trained to provide answers, a habit further reinforced by a focus on short-term thinking to get short-term results.
Great questions open up a group’s capacity to innovate because they:
Here are eight tactics for developing a superpower-level ability to ask questions:
To learn more, check out my video series, Make Questions Your Superpower.
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Posted byAmy J. Radin
Pathfinder, Catalyst, Change Maker
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