Catalytic Questioning

At the core of an innovative and capable leader is the ability to uncover and ask questions that will lead them to new and innovative areas. The Leader’s Dilemma suggests that leaders inherently are shielded from the information they need to do their job effectively. The best and most innovative leaders, though, engage a set of tactics—and in turn change the world in ways others don’t see. By employing the Catalytic Questioning methodology – an alternative to traditional brainstorming – business leaders can drive change in their lives, workplaces and communities.

However, you don’t need to be an executive of a Fortune 50 to benefit from Catalytic Questioning. The process simply allows one to concentrate on a problem—no matter how big or small—and examine alternative vantage points so they can arrive at a new and innovative solution. It takes just five simple steps:

  1. Gather employees around a writing surface – Find a white board or flip chart where your team can do its question-centric work.
  2. Choose the right problem – Pick a problem that your team cares about intellectually and emotionally.
  3. Engage in pure question talk – Ask as many questions about the problem as you can. Go for at least 50.
  4. Identify the “catalytic” questions – Pick our 3 or 4 catalytic questions, or ones that hold the most potential for disrupting the status quo.
  5. Find a solution – Get to work! Find some answers.

To learn more about how to apply Catalytic Questioning in your business, click here.

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