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  1. This is a great post about an important topic! Asking good questions is always more powerful than giving good advice. It promotes personal insight and true ownership of the answers. In my book,”The Power of the Second Question-Finding Simple Truths for Complex Lives”, I suggest that most questions are simply factual, seeking information. But they can always be followed up with a second, more thought provoking question that distills the key insight to be gained. “Where do you live?” – “Whats the best thing about living in…?” “Who is your favorite movie star?”- “What key values do they represent?” etc. By pulling back and thinking ‘big picture’, we gain concise insights that may surprise and delight us.It’s a great habit to nurture in our conversations with each other.

    • Chris, this is an exclent illustration of how thoughful questions can drive the conversation to a deeper level.

  2. This is a great post about an important topic! Asking good questions is always more powerful than giving good advice. It promotes personal insight and true ownership of the answers. In my book,”The Power of the Second Question-Finding Simple Truths for Complex Lives”, I suggest that most questions are simply factual, seeking information. But they can always be followed up with a second, more thought provoking question that distills the key insight to be gained. “Where do you live?” – “Whats the best thing about living in…?” “Who is your favorite movie star?”- “What key values do they represent?” etc. By pulling back and thinking ‘big picture’, we gain concise insights that may surprise and delight us.It’s a great habit to nurture in our conversations with each other.

    • Chris, this is an exclent illustration of how thoughful questions can drive the conversation to a deeper level.


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