"You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by this Questions."
Naguib Mahfouz 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature
“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depends 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."
The Art and Architecture of Asking Questions
Many managers, executives and leaders think they are getting paid to solve problems rather than practice breakthrough thinking so they are strongly motivated to determine the "answer."
Often in the competitive business environment, asking powerful and probing questions is eschewed. This aversion is linked to our emphasis on finding quick answers and the time constraints many of us face in our personal and professional lives. We just do not take the time for reflective conversations that help explore important circumstances and possibilities before making key decisions.
With these realities in mind, the development of the art and technique of asking questions takes on a new meaning and significance.
Eric Vogt, Juanita Brown and David Isaacs in "The Art of Powerful Questions" offer three dimensions to questions that assist in the formulation of powerful questions. These three dimensions include: construction of a question,scope of a question, and assumptions of a question. All three may be learned for improved Thinking.