One of the key lessons I’ve learned during my career (to date) and through conversations on the podcast is the importance of asking good questions. Some may view asking questions as a sign of weakness. This could not be further from the truth.
First, there is truth to the phrase “knowledge is power.” Second, asking questions shows insight into understanding an issue or problem. Third, asking questions also demonstrates leadership; there may be several people that have the same question, but are afraid to ask.
While I believe that generally there is no such thing as a dumb question, I do believe that some questions will yield higher quality answers than others. Is it really hard to ask a good question? How do you ask good questions? It’s important to understand what type of information you seek and what you want to do with the information. To demonstrate, this I will highlight the subtle yet powerful differences between questions that start with “why” versus “how”? Continue reading