The Power of Active Questions

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2 min readJun 5, 2020

During our May Townhall (aka monthly all-staff meeting), we learnt that if you want to be a mover and shaker in your field of work, you need to ask yourself more active questions, not passive ones.

What is so special about active questions?

They help us put the responsibility of change on ourselves and not on the environment. They remind us of what is within our circle of control and not only what is outside it. To put it in practice, think about this example.

Ask yourself, “How is my resilience growing during these uncertain times?” Do any of these answers come to mind? “I don’t know.” “There is a lot going on in my life and there is no time left to think about such things.” Often, that’s the result of framing of the question passively.

But that changes when the framing becomes active. Now ask yourself this, “How am I building my resilience during these uncertain times?” Turning it into an active question makes one thing clear: any changes must start from you.

The real impact of active questions

When we asked ourselves this question as mokoers, we began doing something about building our resilience. We went on to form Bounce Back groups where mokoers could help each other build resilience by being each other’s accountability partners.

Thanks to the Bounce Back project, Diana, our Brand and People officer, has been reading medium articles every morning as an activity that brings her joy and builds her resilience. She’s loving it and feels more invigorated as she carries out her tasks both at work and after she clocks out.

On that note, here’s our quote of the week:

“Don’t ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” - John F. Kennedy.