The Link between Questions and Creativity

Asking questions can spark innovation. But can it also spark creativity?

Absolutely, says Michael Gelb, author of How to Think like Leonardo Da Vinci. He states, “Great minds go on asking confounding questions… Leonardo’s childlike sense of wonder and insatiable curiosity, his breadth and depth of interest, and his willingness to question accepted knowledge never abated.” Insatiable curiosity is one of Gelb’s 7 Steps to Everyday Genius.

Want to think like a genius? Start asking more questions!

In his book, Gelb recommends an exercise: ask 100 Questions – write fast and don’t stop to edit. Sometimes, it’s the process of asking questions that leads to a breakthrough.

So, the next time you’re stumped while designing a course, or aren’t sure how to structure a manual, grab a notepad and start writing questions about your dilemma. Write fast and don’t stop to edit. Then look them over…chances are, you’ll find your solution or a step in the right direction.

“Questions wake people up. They prompt new ideas. They show people new places, new ways of doing things.” – Michael Marquardt