Dear Members and Guests,

PWA was delighted to feature Rebeccah Bennett from Emerging Wisdom, LLC at the July 2013 Women of Distinction Speaker Series. Her presentation titled, “Strategic Inquiry – Game Changing Questions that Advance Forward Movement” provided information on powerful inquiry. If you were unable to attend, listed below are take-a-ways from Rebeccah’s presentation.

The Power of Good Questions

  • All human discoveries come from curiosity. We ask questions.
  • Questions about causes help us think of dynamics
  • Good questions:
    • Focus attention
    • Cultivate insight
    • Generate value
    • Help us to know what we don’t know
    • Questions can lead to more questions and a refinement of thinking
    • Powerful Questions:
      • Encourage dialogue and discovery
      • Offer a reality check
      • Help others understand
      • Sharpen analysis and synthesis skills
      • Questions can form a pathway into long-term memory and gives meaning
      • Adaption of questions sues old stuff in a creative way
      • Innovation is thinking creatively of what we have
      • Good questions designs:
        • Interrogatives:  Who, What, Why and How
        • Scope of Interest:  Where is the focus
        • Assumptions:  Create blind spots and are filters
        • Three Heavies:
          • Why – Cause
          • How – Process
          • What – Dimensions or Aspects
          • Harness the power of contribution to create forward movement
          • Teams tend to use more than three hats and can have more impact if all hats are used
          • Ask the black hat questions later on as they focus on problems and difficulties
          • Use open ended questions