Learner or Judger?

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.

One thought on “Learner or Judger?”

  1. How we frame the questions we ask of others definitely opens or closes pathways to further communication and interaction with them. The same can be said of the internal discourse we each participate in, the self talk can be of such a judgmental nature that it locks out the hope of change. The battle is in the mind, to continue to be a learner in life.

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