Episode #69 - Shut Up and Eat Your French Fries

Comedian Louis CK has a great routine which ends with him saying to his daughter "Just shut up and eat your french fries." 

While this bit is hysterically funny, it is sadly repeated by some business leaders to people within their organizations. 

In his book, A More Beautiful Question, Warren Berger writes, "Great products, companies, even industries, often begin with a question, yet few companies actually encourage questioning in any substantive way. There are no departments or training programs focused on questioning; no policies, guidelines, best practices. On the contrary, many companies — whether consciously or not — have established cultures that tend to discourage inquiry in the form of someone’s asking, for example, Why are we doing this particular thing in this particular way?"

In this episode Ed and Ron tackle the idea of asking more effective questions and will introduce you to the idea of the Mother of All Questions.


Ed Kless

Ed Kless joined Sage in July of 2003 and is currently the senior director of partner development and strategy. He develops and delivers curriculum for Sage business partners on the art and practice of small business consulting. Courses include: Sage Consulting Academy, Business Strategy and Customer Experience Workshops. Ed is the author of The Soul of Enterprise: Dialogues on Business in the Knowledge Economy, a compendium of a few of the episodes of his VoiceAmerica talk-show The Soul of Enterprise: Business in the Knowledge Economy with Ron Baker, founder of the VeraSage Institute where Ed is also a senior fellow.