MVP: Asking “what surprised you?” can yield surprising results.
Lately I have found myself asking one question a lot: What surprised you?
In the past week or so I have asked these people that question:
In each case the person spent several seconds reflecting before they answered the question.
The question itself is a surprise, because how often do people ask it?
Because it is a surprise, it causes us to examine events from a different perspective.
That is where the magic happens.
Asking “what surprised you?” is so simple and takes very little time.
It isn’t a panacea, but it is good medicine!
On next Tuesday’s episode of The Assistant Principal Podcast, I will do a deep dive into five-minute coaching, from which the surprise question is drawn. I hope you’ll tune in.