“Usually people think a question is something to get an answer for, and that’s what we do. You have a question, so you find the answer….But the most powerful questions don’t move us towards a point. They open us up into a space….The more powerful a question is, the more it leads us in directions where we discover new understandings and new possibilities. It draws your attention into a place where you actually might make a breakthrough.” From the Powerful Questions Pattern, Tom Atlee, Wise Democracy Pattern Language
This month, we are going to explore the art of asking open questions that draw people out, that deepen their thinking and feeling. What makes for a great question? From the standpoint of facilitating groups, what are some of your favorite questions? Who are some of the people who have influenced you to appreciate the power of questions?
“The usefulness of the knowledge we acquire and the effectiveness of the actions we take depend on the quality of the questions we ask.” The Art of Powerful Questions: Catalyzing Insight, Innovation, and Action.
What would it be like if we framed more of our meeting agendas by asking: “what are our organization’s most critical questions right now?”
Looking forward to exploring this topic with you!