By: Liz Wiseman
Tell Less, Ask More
Bob, thank you. Thank you for the invitation to be here. I asked my 18-year-old son what I should talk about because he is kind of a young man and I knew there would be young people here, and he said, “I don’t know. Talk about adult things.” But then he said, “But you know, I’m not an adult, so I don’t know any of those adult things. But talk about them.”
So, he was of no help whatsoever, but I did decide I did want to talk about one of the great learnings of my adult life, and that really is the power of inquiry, and the power of a good question and the joy of asking, and some of the relative dangers of telling. And I want to share a few observations that I think will help us in our business careers, in our personal lives, and maybe even in our spiritual well-being and progress. And because he was not at all helpful to his mother, I’m going to throw in a few incriminating retaliatory stories about my son, just for fun—maybe my fun.