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The Art of Asking Questions

I use to say I wish I was younger because I had more answers then than questions.  I’m not sure though that having questions is such a bad thing.  In fact it seems to me that I’m drawn to people who ask questions rather than provide answers – especially answers to questions I am not asking.

In my journey through the Arrow Executive Leadership Program I’ve come across the resources of Bobb Biehl.  Among his many great tools is a small book entitled Asking to Win.  In it he provides 100 profound questions, and as he so rightly observes profound questions bring profound answers.

Profound answers lead to learning and most of us would like to be life long learners – wouldn’t we?  Yet we tell instead of asking.

Why is that?

So here’s one profound question from Bobb that perhaps you can try out sometime.  If you do, would you let me know?

Profound question: What is the key to understanding the real you that most people miss?

Oh and don’t you just love the little reindeer?


A new adventure

I have embarked on a learning journey – this past week I’ve been in Texas with Arrow.  I’ve grabbed some photos – and putting more down here in the coming days.  Right now I’m just sensing God’s working in my life.

I hope you sense his working in your life.

In the San Antonio airport (Feb 19) I watched about 40 or 50 young men in US military uniform gather – they looked very young.  In fact I thought they didn’t seem old enough to drive.  It made me feel sad that young lives like theirs need to be put on the line.  I’m sure the LORD would prefer us to be at peace.  The world is not a safe place and in North America I sometimes wonder if we have a false sense of security.  We likely won’t live this way forever.

And yet our faith journey continues trusting God for the present and the future.

A great new quote for today from Henri Nouwen who I am rediscovering.

“I know that I have to move from speaking about Jesus to letting him speak within me, from thinking about Jesus to letting him think within me, from acting for and with Jesus to letting him act through me. I know the only way for me to see the world is to see it through his eyes.” 

Texas thoughts

Tonight I’m sitting on a large wooden porch looking out on the green grass of the T Bar M Ranch just outside of San Antonio Texas.  The sun has set and the lights of the grounds are gorgeous as they reflect in the leaves of the trees. The night air is warm and moist – the crickets are chirping.  People are in the hot tub.  It sure doesn’t feel like winter.

My re-entry into cold, snowy Toronto tomorrow may be a bit painful.

Apparently a few folks have seen an Armadillo on the grounds – they are nocturnal.

This is the end of week one of the Executive Stream of Arrow. Some good learnings, some great new friendships, and a fresh blowing of The Spirit in my life.

I’ve been reminded of the truth “Leadership isn’t above you – it’s within you.” – that’s my quote by the way!  I’ve been grateful for this opportunity.  I would be happy to tell you more if you want to have a conversation.