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In the Moment

Question Hack 

I, like many people have ideas and thoughts that pop into my head.

I have decided to write down (the ones that are publishable and legal), so I don’t forget them and they may be of assistance to you.

Book cover - A more beautiful question

I have lost count of the number of times I thought “Why didn’t I ask that question?”

We are an answer driven society, we want solutions and are happy even when we don’t know why the solutions works or if it works, as long as we are doing something to solve the problem (FIRE-AIM_READY).

Brainstorming is a great example of this, we clearly define the problem and then come up with as many potential solutions as we can. Often leading to formulaic answers which anyone could have come with or what the leader wanted to do in the first place.

In the book ‘A More Beautiful Question’ by Warren Berger, suggests that there is a missing step in the process, which is:

What are the questions can we ask about the problem before we consider any solutions?

Interrogating the problem with a ‘question hack’, allows us to consider the situation from different perspectives. The questions should be open (What, How, Where, Why, etc.) and will push the boundaries of potential solutions when we complete that stage.

For every problem, generate about 50 questions, generate all the questions before you try to answer them. Answer the questions. Finally use your answers to inform any decisions you make.

Interestingly, what stops our natural curiosity?

The formal education system which is about having an answer, not about asking a question.

You can read further articles in the series by following this link - In the Moment