Inquiry Institute; Great results begin with great questions.


Workshops and Programs

Change Your Questions, Change Your Results: Q-Work™ Foundations & Practice
Change Your Questions, Change Your Results: Q-Storming® Basics
Chief Question Officer Certificate Program


CYQ Q-Work Series Summer 2020

Change Your Questions, Change Your Results Virtual Workshop Series

  • What would your life be like if you had the ability to manage difficult conversations and reduce stress and anxiety?
  • Would learning how to improve communication in your work and in your life make a difference?
  • Are you looking to be more innovative and creative to discover better solutions for your clients, teams, or organizations?

The Q-Work™ Approach provides a foundation and practice you need to transform your thinking and build your skills to change your results.

What is the Q-Work™ Approach?

Developed by Marilee Adams, Ph.D. and featured in her bestselling book Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 12 Powerful Tools for Leadership, Coaching and Life, the Q-Work™ Approach is a set of tools for reliably and predictable producing better and more satisfying results in all domains of life. Built on Marilee’s foundational theory of Question Thinking™, the Q-Work™ Approach teaches us how to cultivate awareness of the questions we ask and the mindsets we are in, so we can change our questions and produce new and better results.

What’s holding you back from getting started right now?

The Q-Work™ Approach has helped thousands of leaders, managers, coaches, change management and HR experts, and consultants to improve their engagement scores, to increase project efficiency, to have more effective meetings and conversations, and to improve morale and communication.

The Q-Work Foundation and Q-Work Practice workshops are structured in daily modules to develop and build skills over one or two weeks. This learning methodology is designed to first give you the foundation in Question Thinking and then deepen your practice so that you can incorporate this work in your life and work.

If you have any questions email or call 800-250-7823.

The Q-Work™ Foundation introduces you to the core skills, practices, and tools of Question Thinking™ including the Choice Map™ and the Q-Prep™ conversation planner.

In this four-part workshop, you will learn to:

  • Ask more and better questions of yourself and others
  • Expand your problem-solving and decision-making expertise
  • Cultivate your mindset awareness of the Q-Work™ Learner and Judger mindsets
  • Apply what you are learning to a current, relevant situation in your personal or professional life where new thinking and better results would be valuable for you

Dates: Monday, July 27 – Thursday, July 30

Times: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM ET each day (Four 90-minute sessions)

Tuition: $495.00 includes workbook and follow-up webinar (ask about our 2 payment option)

Registration: Register here for Summer 2020


The Q-Work™ Practice Workshop builds from the Q-Work™ Foundation with an additional four sessions, allowing you to dive deeper into the practice of Question Thinking™. This workshop encourages you to work with your Learner and Judger mindsets and cultivate your ability to intentionally Switch to Learner when you become aware you are in Judger. At the end of the program, you will have tools and practices to transform your thinking and ways of being to have more freedom in all situations.

In this eight-part workshop, you will learn everything covered in the Q-Work™ Foundation and you will learn to:

  • Deepen your understanding of yourself and others
  • Reliably Switch from Judger to Learner mindset
  • Practice the Five A’s (awareness, acknowledgement, accountability, appreciation, and acceptance)  

Dates: Monday, July 27 – Thursday, July 30 and Monday, August 3 – Thursday, August 6

Times: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM ET each day (Eight 90-minute sessions)

Tuition: $995.00 includes workbook and follow-up webinar (ask about our 2 payment option)

Registration: Register here for Summer 2020


CYQ Q-Storm Series Summer 2020


If you are looking for a way to “think outside the box” and increase your ability to innovate then Q-Storming® is for you. In this workshop you will learn the basics of the Q-Storming® process, which goes beyond traditional brainstorming to collaborating to discover new questions that can help you create new possibilities and solutions.

In this four-part workshop, you will learn to:

  • Distinguish the steps of the protocol so you can create an effective Q-Storming session
  • Distinguish the facts and assumptions of a situation calling for a new solution
  • Storm for questions that can create a breakthrough

Q-Storming® Basics    

Dates: September 16, 23, 30 and – October 7

Times: Meets four Wednesdays for 90 minutes. Time to be determined.

Tuition: $350.00

Registration: Register for Fall 2020
Email for questions or interest.


Chief Question Officer Certificate Program

The Chief Question Officer® (CQO)

Certificate Training Program

Fall Dates Coming Soon

Fully Virtual Format

Marilee Adams, Ph.D.

Bestselling author of Change Your Questions, Change Your Life

What it is

The Chief Question Officer® (CQO) Certificate Program empowers change agents in learning, applying and utilizing the Q-Work™ Approach for coaching, facilitating, and consulting. Change agents include leaders, managers, coaches, and HR and learning professionals as well as those with responsibilities for operational excellence and quality.

What you get

The CQO Program enables participants to become “subject matter experts” and consultants (internal and external) in applying the Q-Work™ Approach, Tools and Practices in facilitating change solutions effectively and strategically. This system embodies inquiry skills, tools, models, and practices that optimize engagement, productivity, communication, collaboration, innovation and results for individuals, teams, and organizations.

The Q-Work™ Approach

Based on the work from Change Your Questions, Change Your Life and bestselling author Marilee Adams, Ph.D., the Q-Work™ Approach recognizes that questions come first, then answers. Every tool, practice, application, and aspect of the approach is based on this recognition. Asking constructive, quality questions of oneself and others brings out the best thinking, collaboration, action, and results.

How it works:

The Chief Question Officer Program – is a unique 5-month program that begins with a 2.5 hour virtual session and five virtual days – A two-day workshop, three days of training. In the first two days, you get the Q-Work™ material “in your bones” as a participant. The second three days focus on how to use this material to empower facilitating and consulting. 14 webinars (Learner Labs) follow the in-person days along with a practical, an applied learning presentation. At the completion of the CQO program you can apply to be an authorized trainer to present Change Your Questions, Change Your Results (either as a one-day workshop or separate modules) and then license the Q-Work™ Approach Tools and Practices (and associated materials) to facilitate in workplaces.


  • Location: Zoom Video Conferencing
  • Dates & Times: Fall Dates Coming Soon
  • Tuition: $3,495, Special Pricing, includes one 1-1 coaching session. Contact us for group discounts or non-profit status.
  • ICF CCEU’s: 15.50 for core competencies, 4.50 other skills (first two days; the CQO program is in process of application)
  • Fall dates: Week of October 19, 2020 – Virtual – More information to come

Contact Kim Aubry at with additional questions.