Challenging questions

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Following on from the last post, I came across this quote today:

“Questioning is the key to creativity, action and learning – it is where fresh ideas come from.  Through questioning, other people’s opinions and views can be drawn out, tested and brought into the decision process … The practice of asking challenging questions involves querying existing beliefs and practices in a more profound way than is usual.  Astute questioning can bring out hidden assumptions and surface values and beliefs that would otherwise remain hidden.”

(From ‘A Manager’s Guide to Leadership’ by Mike Pedler, John Burgoyne and Tom Boydell, 2004, McGraw-Hill.)

I would argue that questioning your own beliefs and assumptions – and one way to do that is to start doing different things and things differently – is a pre-requisite before you can attempt to understand someone else’s map of the world.

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