What’s the sound of one hand clapping? I digress but in doing so I reveal my inspiration – ‘zen questions’, head scratchers through and through.
Coaching or powerful conversations merely accelerate learning. We privilege the fact that the other person knows the answer. They know it now. But they don’t know that now. This question draws that knowing out. Bit of a hunch or guess maybe. But better to be out in the open.
Play around with the timescales, bring them in closer if that’s easier. And/or shift the perspective to something else. For example, rather than picking up on the individual, tackle teams or organisations. What will you find out about the team/organisation in 6 months that you know now? If you fill in the blanks, so will they.