Asking “how might we” questions

You can ask the wrong kinds of questions. Here's a strategy to avoid that.

March 21, 2019

A powerful tool to help your leadership is to ask great questions. Yes, there is such a thing as a bad question. In school, teachers sometimes say there’s no such thing as a bad question. Good advice for young students. Bad advice for adults. There are many WRONG questions that we can ask that we don’t need to be asking. There are WRONG questions we can ask about our spouse or about how things are in the world. Here’s another example of a bad question:

Zoom example of a BAD question.jpg
No. You suck. Bad question.

Change your question, change your focus. 

HOW MIGHT WE…”  questions

“How might we…” questions allows the brain to engage in the higher-level thinking of the brain instead of operating out of the lower-level “fear” mindset.

In your personal life …

  • How might I find ways to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night?
  • How might I find more energy each day?
  • How might I go deeper in my relationships?
  • How might we find more ways to spend time together?
  • How might we create a less stressful environment in our home?
  • How might we spend less time on screens?

In your role as a leader… 

  • How might we better serve our customers and clients?
  • How might we motivate and employees and staff?
  • How might we create a fantastic experience for everyone?
  • How might we best communicate this idea?

Start asking these questions today!

The best thing is you don’t have to buy anything or learn anything else to start using “how might we” questions. 

A powerful extension is to make sure your whole group or team is asking the same question together. Change the questions, change the focus. 

This post was inspired by Jake Knapp’s book, Sprint 

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