If you want better answers, they say you need to ask better questions. That’s absolutely correct, but I believe we can get even better answers, by updating that advice.
Once we have decided to ask better questions, I think we need to add the following 3 additional components:
1. Ask the right people
Before you ask a question, make sure the person you ask is well positioned to answer your question correctly. For example, seeking medical advice from a well-intentioned, poorly informed work mate, is less useful than asking a qualified medical professional that same question.
In short, a well crafted question is of little value if you ask someone who has no experience or knowledge in that area.
2. Ask more questions
If you go to the well with a thimble, you are not going to be able to carry much back with you. Bringing a bucket means you come back with something of substance.
Most big challenges require more than one answer. So, when you manage to earn the attention of someone with the answers you need, craft a few great questions – not just one.
3. Question the answers
It’s one thing to be given an answer, but what if the answer is wrong and we blindly accept it and put the answer into play? It’s usually a great idea to question an answer, before incorporating it into a plan of action. After all, even the best people can have a bad day or make a mistake.