The 09/20/13 Joy Jar

21 Sep

Stephen Wunker posted a great Forbes article, Asking the Right Question:

We are trained to be solution-finders. In school, we are given questions and graded on the quality of our solutions. As we develop in our careers, management examines the solutions that we propose, not the questions that we have asked. For annual reviews, “performance” is usually defined as creating and implementing solutions rather than finding the best problems to tackle. We become wonderfully efficient at solving problems, even if they are the wrong ones to solve. Few kudos come from asking the right question.
Yet the right question is often the key to breakthrough business success. With a properly-framed question, finding an elegant answer becomes almost straightforward.

Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is a wish that moi always asks the right question.

The Heart of Innovation blog posted, 15 Great Quotes on the Importance of Asking the Right Question:

As an innovation consultant and a facilitator of the creative process, I continue to be astounded by how few organizations have any kind of process is place to PAUSE, reflect, and make sure they are coming up with the right questions. Apparently, I’m not alone…

1. “It’s not that they can’t see the solution. They can’t see the problem.” – G.K. Chesterton

2. “There are no right answers to wrong questions.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

3. “We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong.” – Bono

4. “Ask the right questions if you’re going to find the right answers.” – Vanessa Redgrave

5. “Asking the right questions takes as much skill as giving the right answers.” – Robert Half

6. “What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question.” – Jonas Salk

7. “What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.” – Werner Heisenberg

8. “The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.” – Antony Jay

9. “In school, we’re rewarded for having the answer, not for asking a good question.” – Richard Saul Wurman

10. “In all affairs, it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.” – Bertrand Russell

11. “Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” – Pablo Picasso

12. “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” – Voltaire

13. “We hear only those questions for which we are in a position to find answers.” – Friedrich Nietszche

14. “My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions.” – Peter Drucker

15. “He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.” – Chinese proverb

Thanks to Val Vadeboncoeur for locating these great quotes

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