In 1983 SOT pioneered the ‘six thinking hats’ method for better thinking. Nearly 100 years earlier the celebrated English poet and author, Rudyard Kipling, promoted his ‘six honest men’ – the use of six questions – as a guide for better thinking. Here is Kipling’s clever poem:

I have six honest serving men
They taught me all I knew
There names are What, and Where and When;
and Why and How and Who.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936).

Questions are the Answer

It’s not difficult to improve your questioning skills. You can also help others: especially children and colleagues. A lot of work has been done on QUESTIONS and QUESTIONING and it’s easy to access using google.

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The Global Power of Questions

The power of the Gallup World Poll lies in asking the right questions. With the goal of establishing the world’s foremost public opinion and behavior research platform, Gallup’s world-class researchers created the World Poll questionnaire in collaboration with the leading behavioral economists and well-being scientists around the globe.

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14 thoughts on “Kipling’s Six Honest Men …

  1. Kipling’s serving men have been at my beck and call ever since I remember: from the age of five or so. They are in two sets of three: strategy, based on beliefs, and tactics, based on thoughts. Why (purpose), What (goal) and Where (authority) are in strategy; Who (people). How (method) and When are in tactics. An organization that employs the serving men has a distinct advantage: every Managed Unit’s (MU’s) strategy must be reconciled with its superior MU’s tactics. That’s right: an organization has as many strategies as it has managers. If not, employees neither believe in a future nor think in the present. I would be glad to expand on this with anyone interested. (I’m 85 years old.)

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