October 20, 2017

Asking the right question

Group in discussion at computerThere’s no such thing as the right question, of course, but some enquiries contribute more to moving things on than others.

It’s worth thinking about…

What’s your intention when you ask a question – helping things along in the direction they need to go in for the benefit of everyone, or making a point to enhance your position?

Both have their place, I suppose.

But…

It’s good to be clear about your aim.

And if it’s to move things on, there’s a skill in asking just the right question to pick things up where they are and carry them on to the next step.

How well do you do that?

Yes and no

Bridge to visionTo paraphrase 13th century poet, Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi…

“Out beyond ideas of yes and no, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”

Asking a closed question always seemed to me a clumsy way of opening a conversation about something as complex as the future of a country and a relationship.