Recommended – Humble Inquiry by Edgar Schein

Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling “Questions are taken for granted rather than given a starring role in the human drama. Yet all my teaching and consulting experience has taught me that what builds a relationship, what solves problems, what moves things forward is asking the right questions.” “What we choose to ask, when we ask, what our underlying attitude is as we ask—all are key to relationship building, to communication, and …

Meeting the world

 … we meet the world with forms of language already in use and it is these forms that determine what we notice, how we interpret, and how we coordinate action with one another. Without this culturally inherited language, there would be no means by which to make the world intelligible.” Harold Gadamer

Starting in the Middle

  Very often leaders find themselves in the kind of situations that have been described as “wicked problems” or “messes” or, increasingly, “complex”. Very often when they do they focus on identifying and defining the problem that needs to be solved and articulating a future state that needs to be achieved. There is a sense, though, in which, these are often two sides of the same coin, so one of the difficulties that arises is …