questions, more questions

January 23, 2008

I like questions. I like them more than answers. Very often when I’m pitching for a piece of work I’ll ask questions as well as offering solutions. Sometimes, the questions we ask say more about us than the answers we provide. Here are 10 questions I’ve used in organisational contexts. I’d love to hear some of yours. Or, I’d love to hear questions you wish you’d been asked.

  1. If you could appoint anyone – alive or dead, fictional or real to the board of directors who would it be? And why?
  2. If this organisation was a religious group – what would constitute a cardinal sin?
  3. What’s the most exciting experience you have had in this company? What were the characteristics of it? How can we create more experiences like that?
  4. What are we not allowed to talk about around here?
  5. How would your favourite TV personality describe this organisation?
  6. If you could pick one person to give you feedback on how you manage in this company – who would it be and why?
  7. If this organisation were a film what would it be called? Which actor would play you?
  8. What would it be like to work for a company that’s the exact opposite of the one you work in now?
  9. Where do the real decisions get made around here?
  10. If you could give yourself a new job title that reflects the actual job you do, what would it be?