I met Marilee at the Global Forum for executive development in Shanghai (great food!). She enthusiastically told us about how we inhabit a world formed by the internal questions we ask. She explained that if we increased the quantity and quality of our internal questions we would move from a negative Judger mentality to a positive, Learner one. This would then lead to an ‘inquiring’ way to view the situations and circumstances we find ourselves in day-to-day.
Such an appreciative, inquiring way to see the world vastly improves our ability to function well as individuals, teams and organisations. Her book, Change your questions, Change your life describes a fictional character who revolutionises his life and work by applying the principles of Marilee’s QuestionThinking.
I found this book very appealing and helpful. It is simple (occasionally simplistic), but nevertheless, valid. I have used it in situations where I felt dis-empowered or bemused. It’s especially helpful in highly politicised situations as it forces openness and honesty in a non-threatening way. I have also used it for groups who feel victimised or bullied. Great for countering that learned helplessness! Highly recommended.