In conversation, we commonly think the quality of a question is judged by the information gained and its usefulness to the questioner.
But maybe that isn’t right…
Perhaps the quality of a question really depends on how the person of whom it is asked works with the question and its usefulness to them; how well it sets them off on a journey of exploration.
That might benefit us more, funnily enough.
It helps us if we focus on the other person and how we can serve them. Then things flow. This is true with colleagues, customers, suppliers, bosses, subordinates and, of course, with family and friends.
A seasonal thought perhaps…
Make it about them.
If you’re taking a break over the next couple of weeks, have a good one. Thank you for your support and interest this year and best wishes for 2013.
Dr David Fraser says
Hi Elijah. Thanks for your comment. In terms of how things lie, I’m sure you’re right. The intent of my post is to suggest that shifting focus a little towards making our questions help the other person is a worthwhile move. Best wishes for 2013.