Questions Often Drive Innovation

“But I want to focus on why questioning is a particularly important tool for introverts. Indeed, asking questions is the quiet person’s secret weapon—if we can learn to appreciate and exploit that gift more than we might already.
I’ve studied hundreds of successful artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs known for their curiosity and questioning acumen. Most are humble, thoughtful, and reflective, as well as keen observers and good listeners. These qualities help innovators be more attentive and aware, which in turn enables them to formulate better questions about the world around them—and those questions often drive their creativity.”

Berger, Warren. (2018). The Book of Beautiful Questions: The Powerful Questions That Will Help You Decide, Create, Connect, and Lead. New York, NY. Bloomsbury Publishing.

Questions are indeed powerful, but unfortunately we have been conditioned to not ask questions. Think about when you were a child and full of curiosity and a desire to learn. What has happened since then? Often through the educational system that encourages you to sit down and be quiet while the teacher dispenses knowledge to the insecure bosses who perceive questions as being challenges to authority we have had the desire to question suppressed until it is now habit.

Regain that childlike curiosity and learn to ask questions once again – you will be better and so will the people around you.

TED Talk – “Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation”

frustration can make you more creative

analog better than digital?

Lauren - Blue sky over the REZAre you going more analog? I enjoy the use of technology, but I am finding myself moving back to a more “analog” world. I do enjoy reading a wide variety of blogs and learning from people the world over, but I am finding it more difficult to practice long-form reading. I also have found that while my e-reader is convenient, I actually do enjoy the feel of a book in my hands and the ability to mark up the book that I am reading.

While I really enjoy the ability to use Evernote for my electronic filing, I still prefer to actually write my notes and then scan them into Evernote for easy retrieval later (read Michael Hyatt’s post on note-taking here). Have you noticed the trend in music back to vinyl records?

I do like the advantages that is offered by the current technology, but there are some distinct advantages to going “analog”. Another consideration is the “hackabiity” of our data now. In fact Geoffry James of Inc. goes so far as to say,

By the time we have the “Internet of Things,” it will be so hackable and fragile that nobody will want to use it.

Mr. James goes on to list some trends where people are returning to a more analog world for certain high priority transactions. Are you seeing this trend?

What do you think of what Geoffrey has to say in his article (click here to read)? Should we be going more analog in some areas of life? Are we too exposed on the Internet?

presentation checklist

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Doxology

notebooks and digital devices go together!

http://www.npr.org/2015/05/27/408794237/in-a-digital-chapter-paper-notebooks-are-as-relevant-as-ever

“99 Best Facebook Pages to Follow for Aspiring Social Media PROS”

http://snip.ly/e9eE?utm_content=buffercefe4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer#http://mhyatt.us/1DMjecw

“7 Critical Skills That Predict Success” – Inc.com

http://www.inc.com/suzanne-lucas/7-critical-skills-successful-people-have.html

Network Intelligence: Your [Organization] Can’t Thrive Without It