I propose that the transformation of the 20th century into the 21st be the Age of Answers to the Age of Questions. While answers are important, it’s more important to know what questions to ask to get to the answers. The lack of questioning is part of what got us into the mess of the last 3 years (or more). We learn by asking and using that knowledge to ask more and different questions. Which is why I hope the 21st C perfects the Art of the Dumb Question.
I’ve been told one of my “gifts” is the ability to ask very dumb questions! I’m honored, seriously, and owe my parents a debt of gratitude. Dumb questions are very important, especially for innovation. Why? (no pun intended) Because dumb questions challenge the status quo. Dumb questions test basic, tacit assumptions. Dumb questions make us stop and think about fundamental truths. Dumb questions get to the core.
- everyone has to use 1 Dumb Question 'chit'/meeting
- for each Dumb Question chit you use, you get 2 more to replace it with
- you had a basket full of Dumb Question chits at each meeting/gathering and people could take 1 out to as a Dumb Question
- my parents, who answered every question with another question and challenged us to ask why over and over and over
- my kids who ask why over and over and over
- my clients who let me ask dumb questions