Articles by Chris Skellett

The Power of Big Picture Thinking

The Power of Big Picture Thinking

The pace of modern life seems to continually hold us back from thinking about the bigger picture. Instead, we are locked into a world where we focus on simple facts and information. We do not dwell on context or seek a wider analysis in our conversations. It's also a world where we rarely pause to reflect upon more personal conceptual questions, such as who we are, where we are going, and what life is all about for us. These are the kind of questions that require us to ‘change gear’ in our thinking; to lift ourselves up from asking questions that require...
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Why Children Need Questions Not Answers

Why Children Need Questions Not Answers

The essence of good teaching, good mentoring, and good parenting is to ask thought-provoking questions.  Questions that promote insight and a greater self-awareness in the other person. These are questions that lift up conversations from a simple exchange of information to a more conceptual level.  They are called ‘Second Questions’. When interacting with children, it is always tempting to ‘tell them things’. To give them the benefit of your experience and wisdom about life so far.  However, they quickly tire of being given advice, and will withdraw into a private world...
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