Every day, I hope to keep learning and keep asking questions.
Learning is the easy part – you can learn about yourself, a colleague, quite literally – anything new. That’s learning.
Asking questions – good questions, is a little more challenging. It takes curiosity, being present, and empathy. Add in a little IQ, EQ, and BQ (body intelligence), and you’re on our way.
Here is a list of my (current) favorite questions:
“What’s the ONE Thing you can do this week such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary?”Gary Keller, from The One Thing
“What would this look like if it were easy?”Tim Ferriss
“If you are saying yes to this, what are you saying no to?”Michael Bungay Stanier, from The Coaching Habit
“Who’s it for? What’s it for? What is the change you seek to make?”Seth Godin
OK, this last one, I included three – but they are each very powerful and could stand on their own.
“What do you think?”Tom Peters, from The Excellence Dividend
“What problem are you solving?”
“Is this actually useful?”
“Will this change behavior?”Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson, from Rework
I’m sure there are many more questions we can add into our toolbox. For now, these will get you started and on your way to creating more meaningful…anything.
Keep asking questions – KAQ.
Here are links to books mentioned in this post: