How to Ask Questions Like a President

This month we celebrated President's Day here in the U.S., and that turns our thoughts "presidential." Here are some of our favorite quotes from America's presidents. We've added a question or two that you might use in fact-finding or facilitating with groups. It's amazing how thoughts from decades ago can translate nicely into today's business world.

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." ~ Thomas Jefferson

How's your attitude toward your work or your business? How is that attitude impacting your short or long-term results?


"Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order." ~ John Adams

What is the last truly innovative change you made in your personal or professional life? How long ago did that happen?


"My failures have been errors in judgment, not of intent." ~ Ulysses S. Grant

What have you tried that's failed miserably? How did you react?


"Words without actions are the assassins of idealism." ~ Herbert Hoover

What's been hanging out on your "drawing board" that never seems to gain any traction? What's holding you back from taking action?


"In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves ... self-discipline with all of them came first." ~ Harry S. Truman

What is lack of self-discipline preventing you from accomplishing?

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