How to Capture Attention and Establish Trajectory
Frank Lloyd Wright said an expert is someone who has “stopped thinking because he ‘knows.’”*
I don’t need another book about questions. I’m the most curious question-asker I know. Leaders hire me to ask questions. I’m an expert. But, Warren’s email wouldn’t go away.
Knowledge closes minds; ignorance opens them.
You may be smart, but in a world where knowledge grows exponentially, no one knows.
The most dangerous lie leaders believe is they know.
Warren and I finally connected. I hate to admit it, but, he’s as passionate about questions as I am. Worse yet, he’s thought about questions in ways that hadn’t occurred to me.
For example, what if your mission statement ended with a question mark? Statements are final and boring. Warren says they may even be arrogant.
Questions are invitations.
A mission question says, “This is what we’re striving for – we know we’re not there yet, but we’re on the journey.”*
The feeling of “not yet” pulls you forward.
We love answers, at first. But, answers become outdated burdens with time.
A beautiful question lasts a lifetime.
Questions capture attention and establish trajectory. Your organization answers questions. What are they?
Everything you do is the answer to a question.
Connection happens when questions align. What if you create an organizational document titled, “These are the questions we’re answering?”
I’ve been answering three questions for ten years.
- Why did I suck at leadership for so long?
- How can I be a better leader today?
- How can I help others develop their leadership?
What questions are you answering?
What are your organization’s questions?