Good Questions

Too often we focus on getting quickly to the answer to challenges and not pausing to think whether we are actually asking the right question. The ability to ask good questions will I think be one of the greatest leadership skills in increasingly complex environments. Which is why I really like this quote from Kevin Kelly, taken from his book The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future:

“A good question is not concerned with a correct answer. A good question cannot be answered immediately. A good question challenges existing answers. A good question is one you badly want answered once you hear it, but had no inkling you cared before it was asked. A good question creates new territory of thinking. A good question reframes its own answers. A good question is the seed of innovation in science, technology, art, politics, and business. A good question is a probe, a what-if scenario. A good question skirts on the edge of what is known and not known, neither silly nor obvious. A good question cannot be predicted. A good question will be the sign of an educated mind. A good question is one that generates many other good questions. A good question may be the last job a machine will learn to do. A good question is what humans are for.”

HT Gerd Leonhard

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