Thumbs Up for the Direktor Grundsatzfragen

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’s your dream?

What are you proud of?

What’s possible?

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?

What’s next?

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 

Bonus question:  What skill goes hand in hand with powerful questions?  Coaches are not eligible to answer 🙂


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  2. Mary-Pat Vollick on November 14, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Great reminder about powerful questions. I would love to be reminded of more. Thanks for sharing!

    • Lisa on November 15, 2010 at 1:58 am

      Thanks, Mary-Pat. I am going to email you a PDF of powerful questions.

  3. olga monroe on November 15, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Thank you for this fun, POWERFUL article!!! Please send me the list of powerful questions!!

    • Lisa on November 15, 2010 at 1:58 am

      Hi Olga
      I am emailing you the powerful questions now. If you happen to be a CTI trained co-active coach, you likely already have them. Nonetheless, they are coming your way in case you don’t. Thanks for happening by.

  4. Katrina on November 17, 2010 at 4:30 am

    Great post! I’d love to receive the powerful questions. I am a coach in training with CTI just about to start Process Coaching this weekend! Thank you in advance for sharing!

    • Lisa on November 17, 2010 at 7:12 pm

      Hi Katrina
      I wish you a wonderful weekend of training. Learning process coaching is incredible…it will serve you with your clients and also with all the people you surround yourself with in life!
      P.S. I have emailed you the PDF of Powerful Questions.

  5. Roya on November 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks so much for this post and offer of sending the PDF of powerful questions. I am a CTI trained co-active coach but would love to receive your list if it’s not too much trouble. Thanks alot, Roya

    • Lisa on November 18, 2010 at 3:46 am

      Thanks, Roya, the questions, which I suspect you may already have from the co-active book, are en route to you via email now.

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