The power of great questions
This freshly-pressed post reminded me of that power when it asked “…before you start 2012, why not STOP and ask the right questions? Questions like:
- What energised me most in 2011?
- Which relationships brought me the most joy? Why?
- Which relationships put me under the most pressure? Why?
- What were the “defining moments” of 2011?
- What strengths did I see in myself during 2011?
- Under which conditions did I see myself thrive?
- What did I avoid doing that I know I most needed to do?
- What books and mentors had the greatest impact on me? Why?
- Am I closer to my friends and family from my activities last year?”
I’d say that the #change11 and #cck11 moocs were two of my most energizing experiences at work in 2011. I burst the balloon on a couple of relationships that were dragging me down and turned my attention to other relationships that were worth watering. I found myself thriving in conditions of autonomy, trust, connectivity and collaboration and I actively avoided situations where those conditions were eroding or absent.
I was entertained and influenced by Eat That Frog (Brian Tracy), The Happiness Project (Gretchen Rubin), Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell), My Life as an Experiment (A.J. Jacobs), Working Smarter (Jay Cross), Water the Flowers Not the Weeds (Fletcher Peacock), A New Culture of Learning (Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown), Social Media For Trainers (Jane Bozarth) and Bossypants (Tina Fey).
I am definitely closer to my friends and family than ever.
What questions are in your mind about 2011 and 2012?
From → Smarter worker