Posts Categorized: Questions

Choices, Time, and Impact

I believe that all actions and their consequences should be viewed as a cohesive whole. Of course, a finite human mind cannot conceive all possible outcomes and unknown outside influences; yet, realistic efforts should be made to understand a problem and calculate the potential solutions plus long-term effects as best as one can. If you […]

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Self-Deception Question

Question: In what ways are you deceiving yourself? This is a tough question to answer, but a worthwhile exercise as our conscious mind sometimes plays a mental shell game and we attempt to ignore the evidence. We can be very good at fooling ourselves at one level, even if we know something does not actually […]

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What Don’t You Do (for a living)?

Q: What do you do? A: <Answers Will Vary> The above question is often a boring ‘opening’ or conversation killer during an initial introduction. It merely elicits a title (e.g. a banker, a doctor, a project manager, a teacher). Of course, your professional life is hard to sum up in a word or two and […]

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Are You a Posi?

The late Sir Fred Hoyle coined the term “Big Bang” to mock a theory that opposed his own steady-state theory of the universe. Yet, the name stuck and became part of the English Language. Today, this hypothesis is considered by most scientists and laypeople as the best scientific explanation on how the Universe began. Here […]

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Great Review Questions

I recommend the following three basic questions as a starting point to review the progress (or process) of any long-term project, goal, or dream. 1. What is working well? This is usually the easiest question to answer and I do recommend that listing recent successes at the beginning of any status meeting, performance discussion, or […]

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Analyzing Problems

“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” – Mark Twain I’d like to introduce you to the question toolkit for analyzing problems that I call Two Extremes and the Mean. When considering any major problem, it is useful to consider these three potential end-games. 1) What is the […]

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What Have I Forgotten?

As professional coach and philosopher-at-large, I collect powerful questions. This one I learned from the late, great science fiction author Sir Arthur C. Clarke. Although Clarke is still best known for his science fiction novels such as Childhood’s End (which has been in print for over 60 years and has generated over $25 million in […]

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