The Three Questions


In Jon J Muth’s picture book entitled The Three Questions, a boy named Nikolai struggles with three important questions:

When is the best time to do things?

Who is the most important one?

What is the right thing to do?

Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy, The Three Questions,  is one of my favorite books to share with school, classroom, and business leaders. Why? Because it inspires deep, reflective conversations centered around what I believe is at the heart of everything we do. Relationship.

When discussing The Three Questions, groups talk about what it means, in their organizations, to do “the right thing”. They ask questions such as, “Who is the most important one? The client? The student? The parent? The staff? ” “When is the best time to do things? When someone tells us it’s time? When we think it’s time? When the data says it’s time? Always?”

When was the last time your school or business team really examined relationship? When was the last time you talked about what it means to be in relationship with each other? Have you discussed what your roles are in maintaining relationship? What might be barriers to relationship building in your community?

The Three Questions is a wonderful tool to help you delve into what I feel is the most important topic in any organization.

When is the best time to talk about and build relationship? The time is now.

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