I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel “stuck”.
Maybe you, too, sometimes feel this way and want to move from being “stuck” to finding possibilities and solutions?
Marilee Adams, an adjunct professor and leadership author, explored the premise of changing the mindset of a team – or ourselves! – by considering the questions we ask. Are we asking questions that lead to breakthrough and encourage change or we are asking questions that lead to stagnation and demoralization?
According to Professor Adams, we need to consider whether we’re asking ‘learner questions’ or ‘judger questions’. It’s natural for us to ask both types of questions when addressing a challenge or responding to a situation, but without learner questions, outcomes suffer.
Judgers ask… Who is to blame?
Learners ask… What am I responsible for?
Judgers ask… How can I prove I’m right?
Learners ask… What are the facts and what am I assuming?
Judgers ask… Why bother?
Learners ask… What’s possible?
What are we asking?
Am I asking myself learner or judger questions?
We need to consider what impact the questions we’re asking are having on our attitude, our engagement, our productivity. To move from being stuck to finding possibilities, we must be intentional towards the outcomes we desire by creating learner questions focused on our goals in specific areas.
Flick the switch – become a learner!
Let Hope Rise.