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25 Questions for the Truly Innovative Company or Organization

Posted in Ask a New Question, Business, Creativity, Innovation, Questions

“Sometime over the next decade your company or organization will be challenged to change in a way for which it has no precedent.” –Gary Hamel in The Future of Management Most companies and organizations claim creativity and innovation hold the keys to future success. As a business forecaster, futurist and change management professional, I agree….

The Weight of Unlearning

Posted in Ask a New Question, Beliefs, Blog, Curiosity, Education, Lessons Unlearned, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Questions, Religion

What is the abbreviation for “pounds”? Did you say “lbs”? Congratulations, you are correct. Now, where does the abbreviation come from? It’s rather curious. None of the letters (l-b-s) appear in the word “pound.” What should be more curious is why you have never inquired into the matter (provided that is you don’t know the…

A Surprising Question

Posted in Ask a New Question, Questions, The Way We See the Problem

Next time you’re confronted with a surprising new development–say, a new product or a new use for an old product–don’t ask the question: Why is this new? Instead, try asking this question: Why is this surprising? The switch changes the focus from an external perspective (i.e. looking for reasons why the new idea or product…

What Are The Questions?

Posted in Assumptions, Leadership, Questions

Have you ever been in a meeting where, at the end, the leader asks “Any questions?” It is an innocuous question. In fact, it sounds as though the leader is open-minded and encouraging questions and discussion. Often, though, the question is offered in the unsaid but implicit tone that the leader has made everything so…

Draw Your Answer, Please

Posted in Ask a New Question, Design, Human Resources, One minute unlearning, Perspective, Questions, The Way We See the Problem

“Answer a question you wish we’d asked.” This is a question Harvard University now regularly asks its MBA applicants. It’s an insightful question and, if you use it, it may help you unlearn because its open-ended nature embraces the very distinct possibility that you will be exposed to insights and ideas that might never have…

More is Not Always Best

Posted in Ask a New Question, Business, Business Models, Business School, General, Happiness, Human Resources, Innovation, Less is More, Management, Psychology, Questions, The Way We See the Problem

If you are a manager and want to position your company or organization to succeed in the future, I'd suggest changing the normal managerial question of "How do I get more out of my employees?" to "How do I get the best out of my employees?" Why? because passion, energy, creativity and innovation aren't easily…

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know!

Posted in Business, Human Resources, Questions

"When I come back, I want you to explain to me something complicated that I don't already know." This is the question that Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, would routinely ask people he was interviewing in the early day's of Google's existence. It is an excellent question–and one I have recommended before–but, as this article…

A Powerful Question: What Don’t I Know?

Posted in Ask a New Question, Questions, Unlearning Curve, Wisdom

“How can we remember our ignorance, which our growth requires when we are using our knowledge all the time.” Henry David Thoreau The author and poet Henry David Thoreau identified the crux of unlearning in the above quotation. Our growth requires we acknowledge our ignorance but this is difficult to do when we are using…

A Priceless Question Worth Asking

Posted in Ask a New Question, Happiness, Questions, Spiritual, Wisdom

I'm a huge fan of asking new questions. I also happen to believe unlearning can lead to happiness. I'd now like to combine the two and encourage you to stop asking the question: "How much money can I make" and instead turn the question on its head and ask: What's the minimum amount of money…


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