Answers are good. Questions are better!

Puzzle without partsI regularly read the Corner Office column in Sunday’s NY Times because the CEOs being interviewed invariably identify important leadership components that are valuable reminders of issues often overlooked.

In his recent interview, Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, reminds us that the questions are often more important than the answers. We’ve all got some basic talent to answer  questions that are asked … but how well do we “expand and elevate” our thinking to make sure we’re not doing a great job of answering the wrong question?

Brown also reminds us good ideas come from anywhere and everywhere. He believes that it’s everyone’s responsibility to have good ideas and that the leader’s role must be to knock down the barriers and encourage those ideas to flow freely throughout the organization.

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