The “I am a failure” problem of work

I am a failure

Many of us are confused about work and think we’re under-performing, but oftentimes it’s the context and clarity that are failing us. Continue Reading


Intelligent questions: The strategic importance

Intelligent Questions

“I don’t need questions,” a manager bellows, “I need f’n solutions!” Right — but the solutions usually come from asking the right Qs. Here’s how to tame this dragon of a process. Continue Reading


Future of Work: Judger questions vs. learner questions

Learner questions vs. judger questions

What’s a judger question? What’s a learner question? Let me give this to Fast Company to explain: Learner questions facilitate progress by expanding options, while judger questions impede progress by limiting perspectives. The idea of judger questions and learner questions are massively… Continue Reading


In business, are you solving the right problem?

Business: Focus on Problems and Questions, Not Answers and Solutions

The first thing I’m going to say here is a generalization, but I believe all generalizations have to come from some kernel of truth, no? I think we live in a society, business-wise, that’s very focused on answers and solutions — as… Continue Reading


How about being a problem-anticipator instead of a problem-solver?

Problem-Anticipating vs. Problem-Solving

Here’s a basic fact of life that people don’t really discuss all that often, best I can tell: Most of the time, you have a plan for how something will go. This applies to work, to friends, to relationships, etc.… Continue Reading


Let’s start embracing the idea of asking questions at work

Asking Better Questions At Work

Here’s a cool article from Harvard Business Review about how companies value curiosity in their employees, but nonetheless stifle it. The idea of a company talking out of both sides of its mouth shouldn’t surprise anyone — for example, leaders always claim they… Continue Reading


The power of asking good questions

Got a million words I could write on this topic, but I realize no one would ever read that, so … let’s keep it a bit tighter, no? I was just reading this article on the power of harnessing employee… Continue Reading


Asking questions: Less accusatory, more empowering

How To Ask Better Questions

If you really stop and think about it for a few seconds, the whole idea of “asking good questions” is really important to (a) society and (b) work. (“Relationships” would fit here too.) No one knows everything — although there… Continue Reading