Problems and Questions

A science community leader this week talked about how he responds to problems his team presents to him. He asks them to bring questions rather than problems. It's a simple and significant shift on many levels, reminiscent of Einstien's proposal that problems cannot be solved from the frame from which they are initially defined. Where problems are declarations of deficiency, questions are declarations of inquiry. Two different modes of thinking, being, knowing and doing. The shortest distance to new perspectives is the inquiry of questions rather than problems.