Making Questions Work: A Guide to How and What to Ask for by Dorothy Strachan

By Dorothy Strachan

This e-book is a useful table reference for facilitators, leaders, coaches and a person who desires to interact in additional potent studying and decision-making conversations. It bargains over 1700 wealthy questions so that you can borrow or adapt to enhance your inquiry abilities, and offers transparent frameworks that time to while, the place, and why specific questions are most beneficial.

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Leverage the potential power of positive politics (Strachan, Shaw, Kent, and Tomlinson, 1986). Although the word politics often conjures up images of frustration, manipulation, and self-interest, “positive politics” involves all the activities that people engage in to gain support for their ideas and includes persuasive discussion, marshalling support, forming coalitions, and other activities. Political processes are a normal and predictable part of both workshops and organizational life and, if carried on in a positive manner, can contribute significantly to the vitality of processes by fostering an opportunity for people to clarify their ideas, engage in constructive discussion, and help determine the path their organization takes.

Are there confidentiality issues that we need to discuss such as what is on or off the table at this event? This public forum on enhancing national security is designed to be as open as possible. Can we agree ahead of time on any topics that are not open for discussion? Prompts: How might this have an impact on the questions we ask? Be clear and specific about norms for confidentiality in a session, as in these examples: Be candid and direct in your questions. We need open and thoughtful critical reflection to make this process work.

This dual role with respect to content and process includes noticing how questions are working in the context of a process framework and making decisions related to follow-up queries. • Enable all perspectives to be heard on an issue. ”). Tip: Summarize the perspectives you have heard so far and then ask for any additional views. qxd 10/6/06 11:36 AM Page 23 Questions That Work • Keep your process framework in mind so that you are clear about where you are, where you have been, and where you want to go next.

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