What Veiled Magic Hath the Question?
Did you know that Indira Gandhi said:
“The power to question is the basis of all human progress.”?
What’s the most useful opening question in fostering understanding? How about “What would you like to have happen?”?
Have you tried using this question yourself, and under what circumstances?
What responses does it typically elicit? And how does it affect the dynamic of the relationships between the asker, the askees, and the (group’s, team’s, or organisation’s) “collective psyche”?
How would you feel if I told you about my recent experience with this and other “facilitative questions“?
When you ask questions, do folks see the answers as the goal, or do they appreciate the veiled magic of questions – that is, the mental state and reflection they induce in the person being asked the question? Did you realise, for example (as suggested by Patterson et al in Crucial Conversations) that when answering questions, the circulation of blood in the brain changes away from the Amygdala (fight-or-flight lizard brain) to the cerebellum (rational thinking part of the brain)?
– Did you realise Bob wrote this?
How About Some Other Related Things to Read?
What Are Questions For? ~ Sharon Drew Morgen
Is Less More? ~ Penny Tompkins and James Lawley
The Art of Powerful Questions – Article by Eric E. Vogt, Juanita Brown, and David Isaacs
The Interrogative Mood ~ Padgett Powell
This Question Could Change Many Of Your Habits ~ Dr Jeremy Dean