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Friday, 4 October 2013

The Right Question

 
There's a wonderful line (well let's be honest about it, there are a host of superb lines) in "Yes Minister" - one of my favourites is a comment from a civil servant -

"Ministers are ignorant not because we do not give them the right answers but because they do not ask us the right questions."

Asking the right question is key to getting answers. Watching Select Committees at Westminster or Congressional Committees in Washington provide many examples of questioning - as does observing lawyers cross-examining in Court. It is well worth watching questioners and reflecting on their questions - which can easily be dodged? - and which get to the heart of the matter?

Washminster would welcome your observations.

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