Good questions stimulate deep reflection, often unexpected insights, and occasionally, transformational breakthroughs. Not-so-good questions do none of that.
What's the difference?
- Offend others
- Diminish others
- Feel judgmental
- Seem interrogational
- Stymie meaningful exchange
- Invite deep reflection
- Lead toward new insight
- Convey value in participants
- Generate safe and productive discourse
- Accelerate learning (individual and collective)
It's not the question mark (?) that holds the magic. The intention of the inquirer makes all the difference. It starts with an assumption of...
"There seems something here we don't fully understand, and might be able to learn together."