Answering questions

I was in a meeting recently where I was asked a flurry of questions. I responded by answering them.

That’s the natural thing to do, right? That’s what we were taught in school. Answering questions well is a good thing.

On reflection, however, I realized I spent more time answering question versus understanding the question behind the question. It isn’t the first time I’m realizing it – but, it is one of those moments when this insight crystallized.

I think I’ve taken two things from that experience. First, beware rapid fire answering of questions. If there are a flurry of questions, it is worth pausing and understanding the question behind the question.

Second, if you’re unable to understand the question behind the question, ask.