"If I had an hour to solve a problem, and my life depended on the answer, I would spend the first 55 minutes figuring out the proper questions to ask. For if I knew the proper questions, I could solve the problem in less than 5 minutes."
When we ask power questions, we invite power answers. Regardless of our purpose, goals, or objectives, asking compelling questions open the doors of opportunity for greater prosperity in all areas of life.
Power Questions help us focus, think, and learn better. Indeed, they help us make good choices, take appropriate action, and accomplish our desired outcomes in a more timely, cost-effective manner.
The process is ongoing and productive. It can be likened to a baseball player getting as many at-bats as possible. It's a continuous process of getting better and better; as we improve our batting, we improve our batting average.
By asking power questions we quickly and effectively focus our minds on getting our desired outcomes. Questions of power focus our minds on what we can do. They concentrate on our strengths and our taking action that makes a positive difference. Therein lies our ability to accomplish what's important to us. As it applies to our local economy, therein we find the keys to achieve greater prosperity.
The very process of asking questions causes us to think. When we ask power questions our thinking processes become powerful. As we ask compelling questions about how we can build a more resilient economy, our mind thinks of and creates opportunities to do so.
By asking power questions, we increase our options. Not only does it increase the "possibility" of getting our desired results, it increases our "probability" of producing those results. What was once only an idea, becomes a blueprint for action that builds a more resilient local economy.
The who, what, when, where, why, and how of what we should do is clarified to maximize our efforts in accomplishing our objectives, achieving our goals, and fulfilling and maintaining our purposes. Asking power questions guide our actions in accomplishing what's important to us. Regarding a more prosperous local economy, asking power questions helps us take power actions that produce the physical results we desire.
As we focus, think, choose, and act, we should ask and search for valuable feedback that will help us fine tune our efforts to build a more resilient local economy. By repeating this process over and over again, the actions we take become more and more effective in getting the outcomes we want. Power questions provide us with power learning as to what we should do. The more quickly and more times we repeat the process of focusing, thinking, choosing, and acting, the more quickly we learn how we can improve the quality and quantity of what to do.
Learning, consistently applying, and mastering how to ask power questions is the keystone for developing inspiring leaders and cultivating entrepreneurs, thereby building a more resilient local economy in 2014. It is a process that empowers each of us to make a meaningful contribution.
What power questions will you ask yourself and others today, and in the coming weeks and months of 2014, to build a more resilient local economy for the Silver Creek Community? What you can and will do makes a difference!
"How to Create Power Questions That Get Results!"
What do you think?
As always your constructive comments are welcome and appreciated!
The Silver Creek Economy 2014 blog is sponsored by Partnering Technologies, an Arizona-based Learning & Development Company. Their focus is helping individuals and organizations learn, consistently apply, and master a skill-set that is always in high demand, always highly valued, and always highly paid. Its founder is Jim Sanderson.
Visit their website at partneringtechnologies.blogspot.com and find out what they are doing to build a more prosperous economy for our community in 2014.