March 14th is Albert Einstein’s birthday and Warren Berger would have us celebrate the master questioner by learning to ask better questions ourselves. Berger, author of “A More Beautiful Question” has interviewed and studied the world’s leading innovators, designers and creative thinkers to analyze how they ask fundamental questions, solve problems, and create new possibilities.
Asking the right question, says Berger, is more important than getting the right answer. Unfortunately, in both business and schools we rewards quick answers. Questioning can be seen as a challenge to authority not as a means to more creative or innovative solutions. Berger’s research has shown that as adults we actually ask very few questions, because we tend to associate asking questions with a lack of understanding or being incompetent.
“Society does its best to discourage questioning, but those who ignore that and remain inquisitive often end up running our most creative and successful businesses” says Berger.
The good news it’s not too late. We can all learn to start asking better questions. Berger suggests to use Why – What if – How approach to asking your questions. “Why should I learn to ask good questions?” “What if we started every meeting with a question” and “How might we begin to encourage questions that help us reimagine our work?” [Read more…]