The most important leadership skills are learning how to ask the right questions and instilling this skill in others. But this doesn’t just include employees: the next generation – our children and grandchildren – will soon be walking into an environment more tumultuous than it ever was before. As a result, it will be more critical for them to understand and practice the problem-solving power of questioning.
In a world that values answers more than questions, this may be easier said than done. In fact, an average child aged between six and 18 years-old asks only one question per one-hour class per month—a number that starkly contrasts with the innate curiosity exhibited by an average four-year-old. Compare that to the average teacher, who peppers kids with 291 questions a day and waits an average of one second for a reply.
The 4-24 Project is dedicated to helping us reverse this trend and maintain the significance of questioning in order to improve our present global society and nurture the next generation of innovators. By providing the tools and inspiration needed to set aside 4 minutes every 24 hours (totaling one full day each year) to see challenges from entirely new angles and never settle for “it’s impossible.” By encouraging our children to sharpen their questioning capacity, we can teach them that a curious and innovative mind is sometimes more powerful than the “right” answer.
To learn more about the 4-24 Project, and receive tips and tools that will help you increase your questioning capacity, visit www.4-24project.com. Together, we can change the world – one question at a time.