We live in the world our questions create
I recently stumbled on an article on appreciative inquiry, a theory developed by David Cooperrider which holds that questions focusing on strengths and using positive language are far more useful to organizations than questions with a negative focus.
The Harvard Business Review blog post by Warren Berger explains appreciative inquiry in a bit more detail and offers 5 common questions leaders should never ask.Now that we are all leaders (with or ) without titles, I thought that this would be worth sharing:
Questioning is undoubtedly a valuable leadership tool. Asking the right questions can help business leaders to anticipate changes, seize opportunities, and move their organizations in new directions.
But how you question is critical. Questions can be great for engaging and motivating people , but they can just as easily be used to confront or blame, and can shift the mood from positive to negative.