Monday, May 21, 2012

What is THE question?

When I was training as a coach, we did this micro coaching session where we were challenged to come up with the ‘killer question’.   Am not convinced about the word, but the sentiment and discipline is there:   the possibility of listening deeply and being so perceptive, present and plucky, that you could ask a question to serve the other in a significant and transformational way. 
Questions bring such potential.  However some more than others can just hit the spot.  Indeed surely there has been a time in your life when someone asked you such a poignant question that it put you in a spin? unlocked the key? 'unravelled the spaghetti in your head'? pulled you out of the sand and gave you a fresh bright outlook? or helped to see inside yourself as if for the very first time?  Some of the questions that have done that to me are:

  • What is stopping you? What is really stopping you?
  • If history, money, time, politics, resources were not a factor, what would you do?
  • What will it take for you to step into your power?
  • If goals drive behaviour, what are your goals in putting yourself down?  

One question may not create 'transformational shift' but one question may. 

If you had a question for yourself/your team, what would it be?


Dedicated to those who have asked me 'killer' questions including JMac, JD, Jezza, JZ, Graham, PJH, Elle, Vicky, myself ;)..

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