The most powerful question of all
Questions are powerful. Good questions connect and transform. We use questions to gather information, guide conversations, open another’s mind, even open our own mind.
Questions make statements and reveal assumptions. “Were you present when you were sworn in?” is a statement.
They say there are not stupid questions, but I disagree. “Were you gone until you returned?” seems like a stupid question.
Five Great Questions
Sitting on my book shelf is Drucker’s book, “The Five Most Important Questions you will ever ask about your Organization.” His questions are:
#1. What is our mission?
#2. Who is our customer?
#3. What do our customers value?
#4. What are our results?
#5. What is our plan?
I began asking these questions of myself and the organization I lead about two years ago. Sadly, it took me 30 years to get smart enough to know I didn’t know the answers to Drucker’s questions.
One Powerful Question
Leadership Freak is about being concise and to the point. With that in mind, I began asking myself, “If I could ask one question, what would it be?”
I think the most powerful question of all is,
“What’s important to you?”
Three reasons, “Why?” isn’t the most powerful question of all.
#1. On its own, it’s a little harsh.
#2. “Why?” requires a good statement from the speaker.
#3. “Why?” isn’t an opener.
On the other hand, “What’s important to you?” stands on its own.
In your opinion, what is the most powerful question of all? Why?
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