May I ask a question?

This has become a personal mission: I want to help build environments where nobody starts a sentence with “may I ask a dumb question?

The group welcomes questions.
The group encourages questions.
People feel safe asking questions.

Questions are asked to:

  • clarify understanding
  • identify coaching and mentoring opportunities

But how do we build such environments?

Here are some ideas:

We may think we know something because “that’s how we’ve always done it”. Well, that’s not true. That might be how we’ve been doing it for a long time since we learned it.

But what if we learned it wrong?

Or what if we learned it right but eventually got sloppy and turned it into the way we’ve always done it?

That question from someone who doesn’t know something might be just what we need to challenge our assumptions, our biases, our beliefs that went into auto-pilot and never gotten updated.

Here’s something I’ve been pondering (by Marie-Christine Gasingirwa):

In life there isn’t a single person that knows everything and there is no person that knows nothing.

It’s not too late to learn because you just need to develop that interest, talk to people, share with them what you have and learn from them.

There is no breakthrough in this world if you are isolated, you can only make a breakthrough by talking to people.

 

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