Category Archive: Leadership

The 8 Costs of Being Self-Critical

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I came up with the distinctions of Learner/Judger mindsets and Learner/Judger questions over 25 years ago and first wrote extensively about them in The Art of the Question, which was published in 1998. Over the years I’ve discovered how deep these distinctions go, how transformative and healing they can be, and how much of a …

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The Inquiring Consultant Series

Marilee Adams, Ph.D. People typically call on consultants (internal or external) when they have problems and want help fixing them. Sometimes they’ve already decided what the right solution is and just want validation or else they want help implementing the idea they already think is right. Often, however, the way they’re framing the problem actually …

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The Inquiring Consultant Series

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Recently I’ve been having some fascinating conversations with colleagues who’ve participated in the Inquiry Institute’s Chief Question Officer (CQO) Certificate Program. We’ve been discussing their experiences bringing Question Thinking approaches to the organizations with which they work, either as internal or external consultants or as coaches. I’ll be sharing many of these conversations with you …

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What is an Inquiring Leader?

This definition of the Inquiring Leader was written after much work with leaders and their teams in Fortune 100 companies, government agencies and working with students while teaching at American University’s School of Public Affairs in their Key Executive Leadership Program. The Inquiring Leader The term “inquiring leader” refers to leaders at any level who are self-aware, curious . . .

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To develop effective Inquiring Leaders requires developing an Inquiring Mindset.  At the core of an Inquiring Mindset is the understanding and awareness of the questions you ask (or don’t ask) yourself and others, and the viewpoint upon which your questions are based. Inquiring Leaders develop the skills and abilities to use questions effectively to achieve …

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Definition of the Inquiring Mindset – Video

In this video, Dr. Marilee Adams explores the definition of the Inquiring Mindset. While this was recorded at the 2011 Education and the Inquiring Mindset Conference, it is of interest to all students of the inquiring mindset, not just educators. Albert Einstein, the poster child of the inquiring mindset, once said: “If I had an …

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