Sparking Discovery & Insight

Updated: Jan 19


My three-year old granddaughter, June, is at the age of discovery where nearly every conversation is driven by “why?” It’s a well-known phase that all toddlers go through to understand the world around them. Eventually, children grow out of the incessant “why” stage of growth while still retaining their curiosity and thirst for learning.


As adults, we sometimes forget the power of asking questions—of ourselves and of others. We tend to use questions to get information rather than to spark discovery and insight.

As an executive coach, I don’t have all the answers; rather, it’s my job to help guide my clients toward their own solutions. Through inquiry and questions, I help people tap into their own knowledge and expertise; and to see things from another perspective.


In this spirit of sparking transformation, below is a collection of three questions on a variety of topics that you can use to coach yourself.


Making Your Day Better

  • What will I let go of?

  • What am I grateful for?

  • What will I focus on?

Saying Yes

  • Is it simple?

  • Is it effortless?

  • Is it fun?

Asking for Feedback

  • What should I stop doing?

  • What should I keep doing?

  • What should I start doing?

Redesigning Relationships

  • What's working well?

  • What's not working?

  • What needs to be different?

One-on-One Meetings

  • What is going well?


  • What are 2-3 things I can do to be a more effective? 


  • What would you like to see more of and less of from me?


Career Check-up

  • Have I reached a learning plateau?

  • Do I have the lifestyle I want?

  • Does my daily work align with my long-term goals?

Shifting Your Mindset

  • What could I be grateful for right now?

  • What’s one step I can take forward?

  • What can I do to be of service?

Getting The Flywheel Moving

  • What is the “very next” step possible?

  • What is a quick win?

  • What is a short-term process-oriented goal that would help me make progress?

To Do List

  • Do I need to do this?

  • Can someone else do this?

  • Does this need to be done now?

Leadership Vision

  • How do I want to be remembered at my retirement party?

  • What impact do I want to have on the lives and careers of those around me?

  • And what do my team members need from me to help them succeed?

Regret

  • What is one big regret in my life?

  • What lesson did I learn from it?

  • How am I going to apply that lesson in the next year?


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Inspiration from:

This Two Minute Morning Practice will Make Your Day Better, Neil Pasricha

One Insight podcast, Rich Litvin

Three Questions for Effective Feedback, Thomas Delong

Why Adam Grant Wants You to Schedule a Regular Life Checkup

Success in 2022, Sarah-Nell Walsh

Leadership Fatigue is a Real Thing, Art Petty

The Power of Regret, Dan Pink