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Questions that Make You Go Hmmm

I received a call from a friend. He asked me if I wanted to visit and play table tennis. This was yesterday. I responded immediately. Yes. I get excited when people want to be with me.

At work

I get just as excited when people ask me questions, and are looking for my help. I get so excited that it has become hard to prioritize. I want to help. That’s part of the reason I work. But, I have realized that if I keep getting excited, and keep saying yes every time I get asked a question, I’ll never get to do the important things.

So, what’s the important stuff you might be asking? Doing the things I get asked to do are important enough. And doing them are meaningful. Don’t get me wrong. But, most of the time, saying yes and doing them are not aligning with my vision, or my mission. Other than that helping others is an important part of who I am.

Helping is important to me. But. The questions are rather; what type of help, and who should be receiving my help? Instead of waiting for the questions. I should be the one asking them, and to the “right” people.

As a leader, I’m looking for the powerful questions to ask. Questions that’ll help me coach people. Questions that’ll help them find the answer. Questions like:

– What would you do if you had unlimited resources?
– What is the experience you are looking to create?
– Where are we going?

7 responses to “Questions that Make You Go Hmmm”

  1. Jens-Petter…the other question is: did you WIN the table tennis game?

    In all seriousness, I like your 3 questions. They get right to the heart of the matter.

  2. Lisa Sicard says:

    Jens, I do the same thing when I can. If a friend calls to go for a walk or needs help online, I stop what I’m doing to do it – I think of it as being flexible but if you are getting your own stuff done you may turn resentful. Great questions and so many have trouble saying no to others.

  3. Mario Madrid says:

    I absolutely love table tennis. It has been years since someone called me up and suggested we play. I doubt I even have the hand eye coordination anymore but would love to get into it again.

    I too get excited when people ask to be with me. Great post!


  4. Rocco Msing says:

    I can relate myself totally with your thoughts. Helping people is gives me such pleasing feeling, But it depends whom I am about to help.

  5. Arbaz Khan says:

    Those 3 questions are really deep and to the point.
    I really liked reading the article.

  6. Thanks mate…your questions forced me to think really deep….thanks again….deep thinker..:)

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