Kipling’s Six Honest Men …

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.

— Click to google QUESTIONS here …

— Click to google QUESTIONING here …

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.

— Click for GALLUP POLL questions here …

14 thoughts on “Kipling’s Six Honest Men …

  1. It is important to apply greyscale thingking especially to polls. There is typically some motivation for polls and questions can be worded to get the response you want.
    Poeple like wise have a motivation for what they do. By asking the right questions you can get a clearer view of what is going on.

  2. I Notice when I am confronting with some life situation and use the SIX TRUE QUESTIONS tool are extremely useful and effective in finding the solution or from bvs2bvs. The SIX TRUE QUESTIONS really for me is a very wonderful and powerful guide, it helps me learn to USE my brain more effectively instead of letting it use me. Its very easy to go un-notice of what’s going on around us when we don’t have some specific and scientific skills to use. I am deeply thankful and appreciate for the SOT its AWESOME, CLEARNESS, SIMPLICITY, DIRECT yet POWERFUL teaching and addition to so many great information. SOT makes learning very enjoyable, liberating and my BRAIN is very happy and free!

  3. There was a movie, CItizen Kane?, I cannot remember, but it was about ‘truth’ in journalism. I was quite young when I saw it and I remember being very affected by the integrity of the Journalist, I am guessing James Stewart was in the movie? The point is not the movie but the belief behind the movie, that our newspapers and government and laws need and should uphold its journalists rights in the pursuit of delivering the ‘truth’ to the public. I think we need to be our own GPS Truth detectors, and take 100% responsibility in this news tsunami world of ours. And of course, these are these best ‘detector’ words I have ever been handed (firstly by a grade school english teacher), and now a new perspective of an old ‘tried and true’.

  4. How
    A simple word but it must be ingrained into my brain then I will have an understanding.
    Where
    To be prepared for locations and places
    When
    A time that is essential
    Why
    There has to be a reason
    Who
    The responsibility
    What
    The explanation

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  6. 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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