“Human systems grow in the direction of what they persistently ask questions about.” - David Cooperrider
I have been thinking a lot recently about the power of questions in creating meaningful change in organizations. I posted earlier about taking a 6 week online class about Appreciative Inquiry. One of the principles of AI states that questions and change are not separate things. They happen simultaneously. One of the most important things that we can do in bringing about change is to develop and ask good questions.
So, if human systems grow in the direction of their persistent questions, what sorts of questions should we be asking?
- Our budget has been cut again. How can we do more with less?
- How can we show that we still have value?