Ask me no questions...
For me, the measure of the person has always been in the questions they ask of themselves and those around them. It is then that true awareness can develop and real change can happen.
Avoiding the questions is where we get ourselves into trouble; it’s when we become complacent, self-satisfied, lazy, disengaged, stuck.
It may be an inability or lack of desire to engage, or sometimes a case of not even knowing the questions that need to be asked in the first place.
Whether they’re questions we ask of ourselves as individuals, our teams, organisations or sector, asking the right questions can be disruptive, difficult and awkward. The process can take us down a path we don’t feel we have the time or inclination to travel down for fear of where it might take us and what we might find. But it can also be transformative, invigorating and life-changing.
As Einstein said...
Albert Einstein said: “If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.”
Of course, we’re not all Einstein. Solving the problem is likely to take us longer than five minutes. But what Einstein does make clear is that the foundations of our success lie in the questions we ask. Where we find ourselves now as individuals and even as a sector is because of the foundations we have or haven’t set in the past, the questions we have or haven’t asked.
Everything starts with us as individuals...
Einstein — clever chap — also recognised that, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
We need to work from a different level of consciousness — to go deeper than may seem obvious or, indeed, initially comfortable and that means starting with us as individuals.
Ask people to check in with themselves:
Sarah has 25 years’ experience of developing communications & learning for some of the world’s biggest brands.