Did you ask a question today? Why? What prompted it?
Recently, with the intention to exercise my mind, I decided to read Bob Tiede’s book, Great Leaders Ask Questions, again. In one of the testimonials for the book, Tom Ziglar quoted his father, Zig Ziglar. It was a simple but powerful statement. I pondered on it all week, last week.
Questions are the answer.– Zig Ziglar
These are the four reasons for asking questions I gleaned from my pondering.
- We cannot do without questions. We either ask them or give answers to them. The gains of asking questions surpasses the benefits of giving answers.
It takes one who understands the importance of asking questions to give answers. How else will answers be obtained, if not by asking questions.
Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, said, ‘We run this company on questions, not answers.’ Is it any wonder why Google is the biggest platform for providing answers to our questions, and much more?
- Questions should be asked intentionally, not mindlessly. For instance, ‘how are you doing?’ should be more than a statement of greeting; it should be an enquiry for welfare.
I have resolved to always mean it when I ask my kids, ‘How was your day in school?’ I get valuable information my children’s learning, their friends, and the school. ‘What do you think is? Is one question you always mean when you ask.
- You are
cluelesssmart when you ask questions. To make an enquiry is not a display of ignorance or unintelligence. It is rather an indication of keen intellect and willingness to learn.
No questions, no learning. It is no wonder great leaders ask questions. Malcolm Forbes rightly said, ‘One who never asks either knows everything or nothing.’
- You only get what comes to you. Information and opportunities are swirling around us. With questions you can access what you need to meet your specific need.
If you don’t ask questions, at best you only get what comes to you, by chance – good, bad, ugly. Why settle for good when you can get the best by asking questions?
Contained in the deluge of information we are bombarded with moment by moment, are nuggets. Questions are the tool you and I need to mine the gold.
Make the most of your day, every day. Get answers. Ask questions.
What is one question you remember asking today?
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