Topic 65 Posts

Curiosity

🎄🗓 – Dec 20: Hvad står øverst på din faglige ønskeseddel?

Jeg indrømmer gerne, at der ikke står "at høre fremtrædende mediechefer diskutere mediernes måde at bruge spørgsmål på" på min ønskeseddel.

Men det er kun fordi, jeg ikke havde fantasi til at ønske mig det, før Caspar Tribler og Charlotte Beder fra TV 2 News besluttede sig for at lave et indslag til Presselogen om netop det.

I dette klip skærer Lea Korsgaard fra Zetland en af mine pointer ud i pap (den lidt længere version af alle mine pointer findes her).

Det føles som en tidlig julegave ❤️

Du bidrager til dagens låge ved at skrive en kommentar på LinkedIn, hvor du:

  1. Svarer på dagens spørgsmål: Hvad står øverst på din faglige ønskeseddel?, eller
  2. Fortæller om en gave, du har fået, som du ikke havde fantasi til at ønske dig

P.s. Indslaget om mediernes brug af spørgsmål bliver sendt igen kl. 18.25 og 21.25.

🎄🗓 – Dec 19: Hvorfor hører man så meget om drag queens?

Lørdag formiddag bliver der læst Anders And, Weekendavisen og tilbudsaviser hjemme hos mig.

I dag er lidt anderledes.

Da Anders And er gået på tidlig juleferie, har jeg nemlig måttet dele Weekendavisen. Og halvvejs igennem Kultursektionen hører jeg dette spørgsmål:

Hvorfor hører man så tit om mænd, der klæder sig ud som kvinder og aldrig om kvinder, der klæder sig ud som mænd?

Det er et godt spørgsmål, og da ingen af os kunne komme i tanke om et godt svar, blev vi enige om at lave en kalenderlåge.

Ifølge Wikipedia er en drag queen “a person, usually male, who uses drag clothing and makeup to imitate and often exaggerate female gender signifiers and gender roles for entertainment purposes”.

Men det forklarer jo ikke det lille ‘usually male’ – eller hvorfor kvinder tilsyneladende ikke har et behov for at imitate and often exaggerate male gender signifiers.

Så hvad tænker du: Hvorfor hører man så meget om drag queens og aldrig om drag kings?

Du bidrager til dagens kalenderlåge ved at skrive dit svar på LinkedIn.

🎄🗓 – Dec 18: Hvorfor er det vigtigt at kende sit hvorfor?

Dagens låge er inspireret af Simon Sinek og Nietzsche.

Sinek er kendt for bogen og ledelsesrådet: "Start with Why". Han arbejder for en verden "in which the vast majority of people wake up inspired and feel safe wherever they are."

Nietzsche skriver:

"Har man sit hvorfor? med livet, så forliger man sig med næsten ethvert hvordan? - Mennesket stræber ikke efter lykke; det gør kun englænderen."

Når jeg læser Sinek, tænker jeg:

"Ja tak! 2 af dem. Nej, stik mig 4, så er der også til ungerne!"

Når jeg læser Nietzsche, tænker jeg:

"Hvad er nu det? Hvis det kun er englænderen, der stræber efter lykke, hvad stræber jeg så efter?"

Og det er netop pointen - og forskellen:

Sineks 'Why' er ikke først og fremmest et spørgsmål, men svaret på, hvad lykken er, og hvordan man opnår den. Det er derfor undertitlen på hans bog er: "How great leaders inspire everyone to take action".

Nietzsches 'Why' derimod, er ikke svaret på noget som helst.

Det er, hvad det er: Et spørgsmål.

Nietzsche ved, at hverken han, Sinek eller andre "great leaders" har svaret på det, vi mennesker stræber efter.

Det har kun vi selv.

Og kun hvis vi gør plads til spørgsmålet.

🎄🗓 – Dec 17: Hvad skal vi tænke om mediernes spørgsmål?

Jeg talte 17 spørgsmål på gårsdagens pressemøde:

► 13 ja/nej

► 3 Hv- (Hvor, Hvorfor, Hvad)

► 1 enten-eller

Hvad skal vi tænke om det?

Du bidrager til dagens låge ved at dele dit svar på LinkedIn.

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  1. Skal vi have gang i nye værktøjer efter jul?
  2. Er det en garanti, at folk kan rejse hjem til jul?
  3. Har I stadig kontrol over situationen?
  4. Har I overvejet at indføre rejserestriktioner internt i landet?
  5. Hvor lægger regeringen snittet ml ensomhed og risiko blandt ældre?
  6. Ville I have gjort mere, hvis det ikke var jul?
  7. Har I regnet på, om det kommer til at koste arbejdspladser?
  8. Er du bekymret for dansk økonomi i 2021?
  9. Hvorfor har vi ikke gjort dette tidligere?
  10. Kan der holdes julegudstjenester i år?
  11. Hvad er visdommen i at lukke storcentre og dermed tvinge folk over i mindre butikker med større risiko til følge?
  12. Er der noget, der er gået anderledes end forventet, siden vi nu ser så høje smittetal?
  13. Har Sundhedsstyrelsen lavere forsamlingsstørrelse i værktøjskassen?
  14. Kan man nå at se effekten af restriktionerne på 10 dage, eller er det meget sandsynligt, at de bliver forlænget?
  15. Burde I ikke bare forlænge restriktionerne alle vintermånederne?
  16. Er I ved at tabe kampen mod corona?
  17. Har I regnet på konsekvenser for butiksejere?

🎄🗓 – Dec 16: Hvornår føler du dig modig?

“Det var modigt af jer at udtale jer så ærligt.”

Jeg følte mig ikke modig under optagelserne til “Ledelse i krisetider” på Radio4 i går. Så da vært Tony Evald Clausen sagde, at Mette Højen Wiik og jeg var modige, var det eneste, jeg kunne tænke på, at der må være noget, jeg ikke har forstået om mod.

Vi talte ellers meget om det. Mod, nysgerrighed og lydhørhed - som vi var enige om er vigtige elementer i ledelse.

Men vi talte ikke om, om modige ledere mon føler sig modige? Eller om deres mod består i, at det, der kræver mod af os andre ikke kræver mod af dem? Eller om de bare føler sig modige i andre situationer end vi andre gør?

Jo mere jeg tænker over det, jo sværere har jeg ved at komme i tanke om situationer, hvor jeg føler mig modig.

Så måske skal jeg bare være modig nok til at dele et spørgsmål, som jeg ikke selv har et svar på?

Du bidrager til dagens låge i den nysgerrige julekalender ved at skrive en kommentar på LinkedIn, hvor du:

  1. Svarer på dagens spørgsmål: Hvornår føler du dig modig?, eller
  2. Deler et spørgsmål, som det kræver mod af dig at stille

🎄🗓 – Dec 14: What is the best way to pique curiosity?

I must admit: I have not heard this question on the radio. Nor has it been submitted by one of you. This is MY question.

I want to be part of making a more curious, creative and collaborative world, but the thing about curiosity, creativity and collaboration is that it takes a village.

Or, at least SOMETHING to be curious about and SOMEONE to create and collaborate with 😊 💛 😊

I'm lucky to have both. I'm obsessively curious about questions, and I have a wonderful network.

I build Qvest with an amazing team. I collect comments on LinkedIn (I also like likes, but I looove comments). And right now I co-create The Curious Christmas Calendar with everyone who loves questions 🎄

I'm lucky. And yet I want more.

More curiosity. More creativity. More collaboration.

So, tell me: What is the best way to pique curiosity?

Is it to prompt people to ask "what if...?" questions (as my favorite curiosity expert, Francesca Gino, says is one of her favorite tricks)? Is it to prompt people to ask any kind of questions (as I tend to do 🤓)?

Or is it something else?

Please write a comment on LinkedIn where you:

  • Share your favorite trick on how to pique curiosity, or
  • Tag people who pique your curiosity

🎄🗓 – Dec 13: Why do we need a place for questions?

Don’t ask me why, but I recently watched an episode of the American TV show Desperate Housewives. It turned out to be the perfect episode for someone who loves questions ❤️

In this scene, Lynette humiliates her friend Bree by interrupting the reverend, because she's "got a question about his sermon".

And later in the same episode the reverend surprises Bree by saying that he finds Lynette's questions refreshing, because "like I always say: Church is not a place for answers. It's a place for questions".

Bree doubts that the reverend has ever said that. And to be honest, so do I. But the idea of 'a place for questions' piqued my curiosity.

Because even though I have never witnessed a Q&A session during a sermon, I think it's safe to say that we tend to create 'places for questions'. Think about question games, coaching sessions, interviews, polls and AMA (Ask Me Anything) sessions.

Why do we do that? Why do we need a place for questions? Why don't we allow questions to flow freely anywhere at any time?

I'm starting to think that we need a place for questions, because that way we can keep all other places free of questions.

What do you think?

🎄🗓 – Dec 12: What is your favorite Christmas Calendar?

Today, we are halfway through The Curious Christmas Calendar. You have contributed some amazing questions, comments and ideas – I hope you never stop sharing your curiosity ❤️

And today I also hope you will share your favorite Christmas calendar 🎄

As my mini-study shows it can be ANY Christmas calendar:

Niels: "My favourite Christmas calendar this year is the one from Lakrids by Bülow because I love the high quality and attention to detail they put into this product."

Christian: "Bamses Julerejse. I am young enough to have seen Bamse as a child and old enough to watch it with my daughter now. I keep noticing how selfish Bamse can be and I wonder if I noticed that when I was a child. I therefore find myself having conversations with my 3,5-year-old daughter about Bamse's behaviour."

Marie: "The one my mom made for my kids. The little gifts are thoughtful and playful. Yesterday they got cards with instructions: “Today you must sweep the front steps” and “Today at dinner, you have to say ‘this tastes amazing’ no matter what is served.”

Now it's your turn!

Please write a comment on LinkedIn where you share:

  1. Your favorite Christmas calendar, or
  2. Your input and ideas for the last 12 episodes of the Curious Christmas Calendar 🎉

🎄🗓 – Dec 11: How do you know when to ask a question?

When someone says, "Why didn't you ask?", you know you've waited too long.

And if someone says, "I don't want to talk about it", it's probably because you were too quick to ask questions.

There are thousands of books and articles on how to ask the right questions. But like anything else in life, timing is everything.

So, how do you increase your chances of asking the right question at the right time?

My advice is to:

❤️ Commit – make a conscious decision to engage wholeheartedly in the conversation

🤐 Wait – the risk of asking too early is much greater than the risk of asking too late

👂 Listen – don’t assume you know what’s important to ask, at this point none of you probably do

🔗 Connect – use your own experience to better understand the people you're talking to

🤔 Reflect – ask yourself what you consider important in this situation

🌱 Try – use what you have learned to formulate a question that can help you take the next step together

To contribute to today's door in The Curious Christmas Calendar, write a comment on LinkedIn where you:

  1. Tag a person who has a talent for asking the right question at the right time, or
  2. Share a question that can help us take the next step together

🎄🗓 – Dec 10: If we are learning by mistakes, why are we afraid...?

I sometimes wonder what my life would be like if I 𝘥𝘪𝘥𝘯‘𝘵 ask people to share their questions with me.

One thing I’m sure of is that I wouldn’t know Ralph Caspers’ book, 99 harmlose Fragen (only available in German).

Today’s Curious Christmas Calendar question comes from that book and was submitted by Katrin Schillinger.

It is a wonderful question (and not at all harmless, as questions rarely are).

Thank you very much, Katrin ❤️

To contribute to today’s door, please write a comment on LinkedIn where you:

  1. Answer today’s question: If we are learning by mistakes, why are we so afraid of making them?, or
  2. Share another harmless question 🤓

🎄🗓 – Dec 9: Hvad kan du godt lide ved det spørgsmål?

Mig: "Har du indsamlet nogle spørgsmål i dag?"

Datteren: "Mnjarh, kun sådan nogle, 'Må jeg låne din limpistol?' og 'Hvordan fletter man en julestjerne?', og dem tror jeg ikke, du kan bruge til så meget…?"

Mig: "Jeg kan godt lide 'Må jeg låne din limpistol?'"

Datteren: "Hvad kan du godt lide ved det spørgsmål?"

Min datter står bag dagens låge i The Curious Christmas Calendar.

Jeg kan godt lide, 'Må jeg låne din limpistol?', fordi spørgsmålet både rejser og løser det problem, vi mennesker ofte har med at få ting til at hænge sammen.

Falder dit juleklip fra hinanden?

Så spørg din sidekammerat om du må låne hendes limpistol. Og vupti - takket være spørgsmålet (og limpistolen) hænger det hele sammen!

Dog kan jeg endnu bedre lide 'Hvad kan du godt lide ved det spørgsmål?'

Det er nysgerrighed på allerhøjeste plan, når man ikke blot er nysgerrig, men nysgerrig på andres nysgerrighed 🤓

Du bidrager til dagens låge ved at dele et spørgsmål, du godt kan lide ❤️

🎄🗓 – Dec 6: What inspires you the most in what you do?

Marie stopped for a moment when Stefan asked her this question. She had just introduced herself, and the question obviously took her by surprise.

A couple of minutes later it was my turn to introduce myself, so I didn’t have time to think about this amazing question.

So, I wrote it down. And saved it for a quiet moment – like today, the 2nd Sunday of Advent ❤️

You can contribute to today’s door in The Curious Christmas Calendar by writing a comment on LinkedIn where you:

  1. Answer today’s question: What inspires you the most in what you do?, or
  2. Share a question that recently took you by surprise

🎄🗓 – Dec 5: Hvorfor beder Meny dig om at spørge efter ugens tilbud?

Kunne de ikke bare skrive ugens tilbud på ruden?

Jo, det kunne de godt.

Men så ville de være nødt til at skifte skiltet ud hver uge, og – hvad der er endnu værre – de ville gå glip af en masse samtaler med dig og deres andre kunder.

Og hvis der er én ting ingen butik, fødevarekæde eller virksomhed har råd til, så er det at gå glip af samtaler med deres kunder.

Som min kloge datter sagde, da jeg spurgte hende, hvorfor hun tror, at Meny opfordrer os til at spørge deres medarbejdere (og madarbejdere) om ugens tilbud:

“Fordi vi får en bedre oplevelse, når vi er i kontakt med dem, der arbejder der, og når vi har en god oplevelse, kommer vi igen.”

Sådan.

Du bidrager til dagens kalenderlåge ved at skrive en kommentar på LinkedIn, hvor du deler gode eksempler på butikker eller virksomheder, der skaber god kontakt og dermed gode oplevelser for deres kunder.

Med eller uden det lille men særdeles effektive trick det er at få folk til at stille spørgsmål 🤓

🎄🗓 – Dec 4: What would you do if success was guaranteed?

I can’t think of a better day to share this question.

Imagine anything is possible – on a Friday close to Christmas it is, isn't it? – what would you do?

Thank you for a wonderful question, Ariane ❤️

Like Ariane you can contribute to The Curious Christmas Calendar by sending me a direct message with a question you would like us all to think and talk about in December.

You can also contribute by writing a comment on LinkedIn where you:

  1. Answer today’s question: What would you do if success was guaranteed?, or
  2. Share a question that is perfect for a Friday in December

Happy Friday!

🎄🗓 – Dec 3: Hvad er det klogeste, der er sagt om ledelse?

Den tredje låge i den nysgerrige julekalender er min sidste Finans-klumme i 2020.

Du kan bidrage til dagens låge ved IKKE at læse klummen, før du har skrevet en kommentar på LinkedIn, hvor du besvarer dagens spørgsmål:

Hvad er det klogeste, der er sagt om ledelse under corona?

Derefter håber jeg selvfølgelig, at du vil læse klummen og dermed få mit svar på:

  • Hvorfor Carlsbergs CEO har sagt det klogeste, der er sagt om ledelse, og
  • Hvordan Mads Nipper demonstrerer en sikker vej gennem usikkerhedens årti

Glædelig 3. december ❤️

🎄🗓 – Dec 2: Why do we answer questions with questions?

Today’s question is a response to yesterday’s question: Why are you angry?

Marianne Fink wrote:

“When reading this question, I think of my children. When they were younger, this would be the type of question that they would ask and my fast answer would always be the same – I’m not angry! And just as fast I would fire right back at them – why do you think I’m angry? And that brings about another question – why is it that we so often answer questions with questions?”

I love it 💛

Probably because this way the questioning never ends 🤓

Thank you so much for contributing to The Curious Christmas Calendar, Marianne. And to the rest of you: You can contribute too!

All you have to do is write a comment on LinkedIn where you:

  1. Answer today’s question: Why do we answer questions with questions?, or
  2. Share a question you recently heard answered with a question

🎄🗓 – Dec 1: Why are you angry?

My co-founder Marie contributed the first question in the Curious Christmas Calendar.

We were passing The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen when she looked up and said: Now, there is a question for your Christmas calendar!

“Why are you angry?” is a wonderful question. It’s relevant for everyone, yet no one can answer it once and for all.

To contribute to today’s door, please share a comment on LinkedIn where you:

  1. Answer today’s question: Why are you angry?, or
  2. Share examples of other questions that are relevant to everyone, but cannot be answered once and for all

The Curious Christmas Calendar is for everyone who loves questions 💛

Christmas Calendar anno 2020

Tomorrow on December 1st the Curious Christmas Calendar kicks off!

And I invite you to be part of making it.

The Christmas Calendar will be true to my 2020 motto: “When nobody knows the answers, everybody must pay closer attention to the questions.”

To be part of the calendar, you need to collect and share questions that spark:

  1. Reflection, and/or
  2. Conversation

It can be ANY question. One your colleague just asked. One you heard on the radio. One you saw on a poster (if possible, please share pictures too).

You can share your questions in a direct message to pia@lauritzen.dk.

Each day until Christmas, I will feature one question here on my blog and also on LinkedIn.

Merry Christmas and Happy Question Hunting!

P.s. To receive the Curious Christmas Calendar by email, subscribe to the blog.

Toplederens mareridt

Næste uges Finans-klumme handler om det spørgsmål, der til enhver tid kan holde enhver topleder vågen.

Ved du, hvad det er?

Jeg kan afsløre, at jo større virksomheden er, jo større og mere berettiget er toplederens frygt.

Launching day!

2020 has been a year like no other.

Uncertainty has manifested itself in a way that has made it impossible for us to ignore the fact that uncertainty is and always will be part of being human.

This realization has caused a major shift in the way we think and talk about #life, #leadership, and #technology.

And I must admit: I love it ❤️

My 2020 motto has been: When nobody knows the answers, everybody must pay closer attention to the questions.

This motto applies to my work as a philosopher, executive advisor and tech founder. And it has turned my LinkedIn activity into a Question Log.

I have shared questions from the conversations I have had with amazing thinkers like Greg Satell, Imran Rashid, Tommy Ahlers and Christian Ørsted.

And I have been enlightened by 1000s of insightful questions and input to my columns in Finans, and my writings on Strategy and Culture.

I have no doubt that questions are here to stay.

So from now on I will keep a log on my new blog Pia’s Question Log.

No one knows what questions will define 2021, but if you subscribe to the blog, I promise to keep you posted 💌

One problem

What if the one problem behind all the problems humanity is facing has to do with the way we solve problems?

Whether the problem is climate change, health crises, polarization, big tech monopoly or inequality, we seem to agree that the first step in solving any important problem is to communicate that the problem is everyone’s problem.

But what if the perception of important problems as ‘everyone’s problems’ is part of the problem?

What if the most important part of solving important problems is to make sure that as many people as possible perceive ‘everyone’s problem’ as ‘my problem’?

And what if no leader, expert or AI-driven tool can motivate, mobilize or force us to perceive important problems as ‘my problems’?

What if the only thing that can make us perceive important problems as ‘my problems’ is the act of asking our own questions?

And what if most people are systematically prevented from asking their own questions in the way we solve important problems?

The problems humanity is facing cannot be solved by a single person, company or nation. They require shared responsibility. But for us to feel part of the solution, we must also feel part of the problem.

And that calls for all of us to ask our own questions.

No questions = No change

“YES! I just launched our new strategy, and nobody had any questions - so now we are ready to execute!”

NO!

If your employees don’t ask questions it’s not because they understand, agree and are eager to execute your strategy.

It’s because they do not care about, believe in, or have any intention of changing anything.

I’m sorry, but that’s how it is.

No Questions = No Change

Questions as a change tool

How does your company deal with the questions COVID-19 is raising?

You probably agree that there is not one answer to all the questions companies are struggling with right now. But do you also agree that the answers lie in the questions?

If you do I would love to discuss my COVID-19 deck with you and your team. It's titled “Questions as a change tool”, and I have discussed it with lots of inspiring people in lots of innovative companies.

Some tune in on my keynotes for leaders, IT directors, change managers, and communication professionals. Others ask me to help their Top 50, Strategy- or Transformation team leverage the power of questions in their organization.

In 45 minutes we talk about:

  • Why there is a need for new change and leadership tools
  • Why questions are key to the problem with existing leadership tools
  • Why questions are key to empowering organizational transformation
  • How leaders use Qvest to cultivate a shift in mindset and behaviour

We all have questions we don’t know how to answer. If you want to know how to turn them into a powerful change tool, I would love to hear from you 💛

See video from a webinar with Nordic leaders.

Are leaders less curious?

I know a lot of executives are more busy than other people, but are they also less curious?

Part of my job is to help companies analyze their Qvest data. I love everything about it! Reading all the questions and answers. Looking for patterns. Benchmarking with other companies. Extracting recommendations.

Across all the Qvest-data I have analyzed I see one clear tendency: The people who receive the most questions ask the fewest questions themselves.

In one recent case 4 people received 29% of the total number of questions or 24 questions. They only asked 4 questions themselves.

Why is that?

Are people who receive a lot of attention from other people (usually executives) less curious than other people? Or are they just too busy dealing with other people's questions to cultivate their own?

How does it affect organizations that executives consider it their job to ANSWER questions but not to ASK questions? And would it change anything if they systematically and regularly gave themselves the task of asking 10 different questions to 10 different people in their organization?

I have so many questions...