One of the areas that prevents many of us from achieving the results we are capable of is that we obsess about getting better answers – but spend almost no time on asking better questions.
In other words, if you want to solve your problems and create a new growth path in your life and business, one of the first steps is to quit obsessing about the result you want. Instead focus on improving the quality of the questions you are asking yourself and others.
The Right Questions
I continue to be astounded by how few organizations have any kind of process in place to pause, reflect, and insure they are coming up with the right questions. Apparently, I’m not alone.
- “If I had 60 minutes to solve a problem and my life depended on it, I’d spend 55 minutes determining the right question to ask. Once I got the right question, I could easily answer it in 5 minutes.” – Albert Einstein
- “In all affairs, it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.” – Bertrand Russell
- “Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” – Pablo Picasso
- “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” – Voltaire
- “We hear only those questions for which we are in a position to find answers.” – Friedrich Nietszche”My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions.” – Peter Drucker
- “He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.” – Chinese proverb
- “It’s not that they can’t see the solution. They can’t see the problem.” – G.K. Chesterton
- “There are no right answers to wrong questions.” – Ursula K. Le Guin
- “We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong.” Bono
- “Ask the right questions if you’re going to find the right answers.” – Vanessa Redgrave
- “Asking the right questions takes as much skill as giving the right answers.” – Robert Half
- “What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question.” – Jonas Salk
- “What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.” – Werner Heisenberg
- “The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.” – Antony Jay
What percent of your time do you spend on looking for answers vs. determining the proper question?
Contact me for help determining the right questions for your business.
All the best
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