Questions Inventors and Innovators Should Ask
“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” – Voltaire
“What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.” -Werner Heisenberg
Young children ask questions all the time. Embarrassment and fear of failure does not stop them from asking questions. They are very innovative with solutions. Not having certain materials does not stop them. They use their imagination and find replacements. They are not stuck by the rigid assumptions of the adult world. Why not tap into the child in you when you innovate.
Remember that the answers are the products of your questions. Therefore, innovators should make sure they ask lots of questions. There are no wrong questions. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask questions. Sometimes, a naïve question is what’s needed to make a disruptive change. Ask questions to yourself as well as to others. Fundamental questions such as WHAT? WHAT IF? WHY? WHY NOT? HOW? WHICH? WHO? WHERE? AND WHEN? may lead to fundamental answers and fundamental invention.
For more on the importance of the questions you may want to read the enlightening article by Eric E. Vogt, Juanita Brown and David Isaacs ‘The Art Of Powerful Questions Catalyzing Insight, Innovation and Action, which can be found at the following link: