In a previous blog post titled, ‘Q Questions’ for Work & Home (Part 1) I introduce you to a research-based strategy for deepening relationships, culture and trust by asking the right questions, at the right time, and at the right level of intimacy. Living in the Q is the aim and end for any individual and organization. These types of questions get us there!
And now, without further delay, here are 30 Q Questions to Cue Quintessential Conversations! Most were provided by Lil Hosman from Portland, Oregon, used in the referenced PDF in Part 1, Connectors First for Results that Last, by Jennifer Davidson, 2004.
30 Q Questions to Cue Quintessential Conversations!
- If you could be a famous sports hero, movie star or political leader, living or dead, who would you be? Why?
- Describe a special childhood memory.
- What skill do you NOT have now, that you’d like to develop?
- What is the most unexpected thing that’s ever happened to you?
- If you could add one characteristic to your personality, what would it be?
- What is the most difficult circumstances you’ve ever been in? How did you solve it?
- Name a person whom you believe has taken a personal burden and turned it into a gift.
- What is a tradition you’ve created and passed on?
- What’s the best job you’ve ever had?
- What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
- If you were deprived of American food for a year, what would you miss most?
- What’s something you’ve always wanted that you’ve restrained yourself from purchasing?
- Have you ever moved to and adapted to a new culture? What was the hardest part?
- What is the best personal growth book that you’ve ever read?
- What does it take for you to change your mind once it’s made up?
- If you could magically manage to reconnect with someone you once knew but are no longer in contact with, who would it be?
- Who is the most ethical person you’ve ever known?
- What is the hardest lesson you’ve ever learned?
- Have you ever made a trip completely by yourself? Where? When? Why?
- Think of a photograph which contains your picture and which you’ve been successful. Tell the story.
- Is there an incident in your life that you would definitely NOT want videotaped? Tell the story.
- What is something you are often misjudged about?
- How have you most improved over the last ten years?
- Who are the two best teachers you’ve ever had? What do they have in common? Why were they the best?
- What tools or coping skills do you use to help yourself when you’re in a new or strange situation?
- What is a lesson that you need to learn?
- What is one thing you’d like said about you when you retire or at your funeral?
- Who has needed you most in recent days? How have you been able to help them?
- What goals do you have yet to accomplish, that lingers in your heart and mind these days?
If you had all the time and resources available to you – what would you do?