The Question to Ask

March 12, 2012

Good morning from Florida.  Headed back to Michigan today after a great Board of Directors meeting for Life Action.

Questions are great tools for so many different things.  They are excellent to use in leading others, in developing people, in gaining knowledge, and in diagnosing problems.

One of the most powerful questions is a simple one word question – “Why?”.  One of our board members was talking to me this week about what a powerful tool it has been for him.  I would go on to add, that asking why five times is one of the most important tools in your diagnostic “kit”.  Often the answer to the first why is not the real answer – the real answer often shows up around the fourth or fifth why.

Try it sometime – when you ask someone why something occurred and they answer, then simply ask them “And why is that?”.  After the next answer, ask again, “And why is that?”.  You get the picture.

Why – a simple yet powerful word.

Blessings on your week,
BG