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The Awe and Wonder of the Power Question

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Excerpted with the permission of the authors from Chapter 35 of Power Questions: Come with me. We’re going to Bossier, Louisiana. It’s some time in the 1950s. Madeline tells Bonnie, age eight, and her six-year-old sister, to come out to the backyard. Madeline is their mother. “Bring a sheet of paper and a pencil with…

Why Was This Day Different?

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Excerpted with the permission of the authors from Chapter 30 Power Questions: (Note from Bob:  Jewish Passover this year begins tonight at sunset) My good friend, Robie Wayneberg, invites me to dinner. A very special dinner. He asks me to join him and his family in celebrating their Seder. It is the highly festive Passover dinner that…

How Do I Ask Powerful Questions?

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Guest Post by Karen Zando “How do I ask powerful questions?” is something I am asked frequently. I sense people hope I will provide a formula or, better yet, a list of questions that can be used when a coaching opportunity arises. This presupposes the power of the question is in its construction when in reality the real power is found in the way it relates to the person being coached (PBC) in the moment we are coaching. What is a powerful question one day may be far less powerful on another day or with another person because it does not meet them in the present…

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