Rephrasing the question 2

small__2407881339In my last post, I stated there are some times when it is appropriate for a leader to rephrase a question. This is true when the answer that comes forth isn’t reality, because the question didn’t open up for it or the one giving the answer held back.

Then we ask again until we get the truth.

Really, a better way of saying it is there are times when we need to re-frame the question.

It is so easy to get caught in a rut or the trap of doing what we have always done and known. Or, if we realize something needs to change, to just adopt someone else’s model and expect that to fix things.

Instead, what we should do is ask better questions or change our perspective in asking. Every organization, company, church, and group goes through seasons and cycles. Some are positive, some aren’t so much. In each cycle and season, it is important to recognize the reality of what is taking place and assess what that means for the future. All around us are examples of companies that have done this well; Apple, Google, Subway, Ford. There are also examples of companies that have failed at this; Kodak, Hostess, K-Mart, GM.

When we re-frame a question, we are working to change our perspective and see what we didn’t before. Sometimes this takes outside help and sometimes it means we lay everything on the table and dissect it.

The reason we do this, the reason we ask questions in the first place is to be sure we are on an effective path. We each have a destination in mind, if we aren’t following the right path, we will never arrive. Questions, the right questions at the right times, keep us heading where we want to go.