Riddle: What has 7 words or less, usually starts with what (and less often with how, who, where or why), and has a great impact?
Wait, wait, wait! Before you answer, I will give you a bunch of examples:
What are you proud of?
What’s true for you?
What do you want?
What stops you?
What are you making more important?
What are you tolerating?
What do you want more of?
How could things be different?
Okay. What’s your answer? ( If I could figure out how to do it, I would type the answer upside down and put it at the bottom of the page like they used to do in the Highlights magazines of my childhood).
The answer is POWERFUL QUESTIONS! Asking powerful questions is a fundamental coaching skill. I am convinced the world would be a better place if everyone learned the Art of Powerful Questions. This well written article includes a story about how some large German companies like Bayer place such a high value on powerful questions that they actually employe a Direktor Grundsatzfragen (a.k.a. the Director of Fundamental Questions). If I spoke German and wanted to work in Germany, I think this would be a such a great role. Plus, it is almost as much fun to say as Fahrvergnügen.
What’s possible if you awaken your inner Direktor Grundsatzfragen? (I know. That’s 9 words, or 10 without the contraction). Sometimes you have to break the mold to be really powerful!
If you’d like me to send you a PDF that is chalk full of powerful questions, comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonus question: What skill goes hand in hand with powerful questions? Coaches are not eligible to answer 🙂