Asking the right questions is more valuable than having the right answers. To find the right answers today, we have Google, Amazon Alexa, and other smart devices. Therefore, humans can optimize what we are good at and focus more on one of our internal superpowers, our curiosity.
We live in knowledge based societies and need individuals to be more creative and independent thinkers. The ability to ask good questions has become a key skill more than ever before. Without enough questions at our workplaces, we will not be innovating and growing as an individual, team, or company.
Our academic institutions have been structured in a way to incentivize memorization and churning out answers and this is not going to change anytime soon. As a result of this, employers are absorbing graduates with degrees, but not inquisitive skills and curiosity to help the companies grow.
Asking good questions is a lifelong skill that anyone can learn and use everyday, especially in the workplace. A company needs to be aware of the power of questions, encourage curiosity, and create a culture of questioning to stay innovative and lead.
In his book, Kobe Bryant The Mamba Mentality, Kobe talks about how he asked a ton of questions. He says that “I was curious. I wanted to improve, learn, and fill my head with the history of the game. No matter who I was with- a coach, hall of fame, teammate-and no matter the situation-game, practice, vacation-I would fire away question after question.”
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