Ever wonder how people come up with ideas, put things together, and connect the dots? A friend of mine was asking me for some tips I could share about creating and developing ideas. While we could develop a lengthy answer to this question, my first response was to focus on immediate usability: 1) Ask Questions and 2) Care About People.
We have been asking questions all of our lives. I remember in school learning about the 5 W’s (who, what, when, where, why) + How. Getting answers to questions helps us learn. It also gives us additional information to piece together as we develop further ideas. Extremely useful. This comes with a warning, though… how questions are asked (tone of voice), why questions are being asked (motivation), and of whom questions are being asked (expectation of receiving an answer) all influence the response. Which brings us to part two…
Care About People
If you care about people, your tone of voice will project a sincere desire to hear their answer and also your motivation of learning what they have to say. Questions lead people to believe things about you – your beliefs and opinions, for instance. When you approach others with a sincere attitude of caring about them, the benefits are tremendous.
Ask questions and listen to what people have to say.
What have you learned lately from others? How are you developing your own ideas through assimilating what you have learned from others?