Seven Questions to Improve Your Business, Your Relationships, and Your Life
Seven Questions to Improve Your Business, Your Relationships, and Your Life
One of the most powerful tools we have as humans is our ability to ask questions. The more adept we are at asking them (and waiting for and listening to the answers), the more effective we will be. Here are seven great questions to use everyday.
1. Why? Asking "why?" is a powerful way to gain an understanding of the causes of problems we encounter. Ask the question again and again to uncover the root causes of your problems.
2. What did I learn? This most basic reflective question is key to progress in any phase of your life. Take the time to ask this question each day.
3. How can I help you? By focusing on attention on the needs of others you will be improving ourselves, as well as our relationships.
4. What if? This question helps you free your creativity to look for new solutions or just to see new possibilities for yourself.
5. How can this be improved? This question focuses you on improving your situation. It helps you focus on the current situation and how to take your results to a new level.
6. How can I show my gratitude? A spirit of thankfulness is key to long-term happiness. Thinking about how to show gratitude (and then doing it!) will also help strengthen your relationships.
7. What is the best use of my time now? Asking this classic question helps to refocus on what's most important to us, whenever we ask it.
Plan to strike backstop deal falls through with PM facing possible cabinet revolt at home
The Brexit negotiations are on a knife-edge as Theresa Mayâs domestic vulnerability over the Irish border threatens to kill off hopes of an October deal, with the Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, forced to make a dash to Brussels to seek more time from the EUâs chief negotiator, Michel Barnier.
Exit polls show CSU losing majority it has long enjoyed as far-right AfD makes gains
Angela Merkelâs conservative partners in Bavaria have had their worst election performance for more than six decades, in a humiliating state poll result that is likely to further weaken Germanyâs embattled coalition government.
The Christian Social Union secured 37.2% of the vote, preliminary results showed, losing the absolute majority in the prosperous southern state it had had almost consistently since the second world war. The partyâs support fell below 40% for the first time since 1954.
Based on real events, Kler has broken box office records and divided Catholic country
A film depicting Polish clerics as corrupt, drunken fornicators and paedophiles is smashing box office records in Poland, sparking controversy and encouraging hundreds of people to come forward with allegations of recent and historical abuse.
Based on real events, Kler (The Clergy), by the director Wojciech Smarzowski, which includes testimonies of survivors, features an alcoholic priest who encourages his lover to have an abortion, a priest accused of abusing a young boy, a senior cleric engaged in corruption and blackmail, and a grotesque, foul-mouthed archbishop cutting deals with politicians and mobsters, all operating with impunity against the backdrop of a passive and credulous society portrayed as complicit in the crimes being committed.
Mobashar Jawed Akbar says allegations made against him by 12 women are baseless
An Indian government minister accused of sexual misconduct by at least 12 women has said the allegations are âwild and baselessâ and he will take legal action to clear his name.
Mobashar Jawed Akbar, Indiaâs junior foreign minister, returned from government business in Nigeria on Sunday to face mounting allegations he harassed or abused employees during his previous career as a journalist and editor.
Crowdfunding campaign easily covers $18,000 fine, but money will be sent to mental health charity
Two New Zealand women who were ordered to pay damages by an Israeli court for their role in Lorde cancelling a Tel Aviv concert have raised the sum through donations â but plan to give the money to the Gaza Mental Health Foundation instead.
Last week an Israeli court ruled Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab of New Zealand must pay damages to Israeli teenagers Shoshana Steinbach, Ayelet Wertzel and Ahuva Frogel totalling more than NZ$18,000 ($11,700) for writing a letter urging Lorde to cancel her gig, which she did.
Kensington Palace says Duchess of Sussex, who is on tour in Australia with her husband, is pregnant
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A statement from Kensington Palace said: âTheir Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.â
Dunkirk is a month into a project that makes it the biggest European city to offer free public transport. So what do people think?
One month after the French channel port of Dunkirk introduced free public transport for all, a small revolution is taking place.
Two women, perfect strangers until now, are chatting across the aisle about nothing in particular. One admits she sometimes takes the bus âjust for the fun of itâ. A young man wearing headphones is charging his mobile in a socket just above the ârequest stopâ button.
The city has more than 1,400 tianguis â open-air markets that operate on certain days of the week â and many have been around for centuries. Professor Joseph Heathcott uses satellite images to highlight these unique spaces
The new Asian Town mall was designed to cater to Qatarâs roughly 2 million migrant workers â but critics say it is simply a way to segregate them
At first glance, it is like any other entertainment complex in Qatar: a giant shopping mall, a multiplex cinema and an amphitheatre for musical shows. But there are no high-end boutiques, no women âŠ and no Qataris.
Welcome to Asian Town, an entertainment and shopping venue in the heart of the largest labour camp in Qatar, on the outskirts of the capital, Doha. Each day, thousands of young men gather here from the workersâ dormitories that stretch out into the desert for miles around, to enjoy mutton curries, Bollywood films or just a sanctuary from the searing heat.
After 20 years, squatters occupying the Amsterdamse Droogdok Maatschappij former shipyard have been ordered to leave. Photographer Sanne Derks met members of the community, who say moving elsewhere is impossible
Automakerâs plans come at a $740m price, of which taxpayers would cover $239m, and insists public assistance is necessary
For three decades, the 18-story, beaux arts Michigan Central Station sat vacant on downtown Detroitâs edge, a hulking, decaying symbol of the economic struggles in the city around it. Today, as greater downtown rebounds, itâs one of the last vestiges of an era the city is trying to put behind it.
Josh Frydenberg backs Shortenâs plan to end right to disciminate while PM refuses to commit
The Morrison government is split on whether to support Laborâs call to amend discrimination law to prevent religious schools firing gay staff.
The Liberal deputy leader, Josh Frydenberg, and candidate for Wentworth Dave Sharma backed Laborâs call but Scott Morrison refused to commit to extend his promise to prevent discrimination against students.
Young people talk about how it feels to grow up in 2018, from dealing with racism in New York and fighting for LGBT rights in Jakarta to facing exam pressures in the Kenyan Rift Valley and the importance of giving back to society in Delhi
Every other minute, a woman or girl dies as a result of pregnancy complications or childbirth. Why has the global decline in maternal mortality stalled?
According to the latest UN global estimates, 303,000 women a year die in childbirth, or as a result of complications arising from pregnancy. This equates to about 830 women dying each day â roughly one every two minutes.
The philanthropist warns that stability in Africa makes a huge difference to the world, and that investing in the health and education of its young people is vital
What worries Bill Gates most? The booming population of Africa looms over his foundationâs latest global survey. By the end of this century there will be 4 billion more people on Earth â and 3 billion of these extra souls will be born in Africa. The challenge, he says, is that âAfrica must almost quadruple its agricultural productivity to feed itself. Thatâs very daunting.â
The philanthropist is torn between sending out a message of hope and a message of fear when I meet him at his foundationâs spacious campus in the heart of his hometown, Seattle.
In a country where one in four women have a child by 19, and health workers offering birth control have been met by men with machetes, confronting myths about contraception is vital
A woman lies on her back, a one-year-old straddling her. One hand is over her eyes, the other held out. A nurse gently inserts a small white strip of contraceptive implant into her upper arm while her baby plays on her. They beckon me in. Privacy hardly seems to be an issue here.
I am in a tent in Rwibale, in the Kyenjojo district of Uganda. We have driven for about five hours from Kampala to get here. It is a place that Prosper Kigumire, who is showing me around, describes as âperi-ruralâ. It seems rural enough, a village â if that. I am with the mobile outreach team of Marie Stopes International. âI have four children so this does not hurt,â says Monica, the women who is getting the implant. âI have no husband.â
Its vast oil reserves â it claims to have about 260bn barrels still to extract â afford the most obvious advantage. The kingdom is the worldâs largest oil exporter, pumping or shipping about 7m barrels a day, and giving Riyadh huge clout in the global economy because it wields power to push up prices.
Tracking right to lure AfD voters while rocking the boat in the coalition government turned off moderate Germans
It is, as Der Spiegel said, as if the all-conquering Bayern MĂŒnchen, Germanyâs most successful ever football club, had been ignominiously relegated â but with rather more far-reaching consequences.
The CSU, the sister party of Angela Merkelâs CDU, has dominated Bavarian politics for six decades, winning absolute majorities in 12 of the past 13 elections. And it has not done a bad job: the well-heeled home state of BMW and Siemens has the highest employment and lowest crime rate in the country.
The archbishop of Constantinople has granted Ukraineâs wish for a church independent of Moscow
Donald Trump seems strangely in awe of Vladimir Putin. Theresa Mayâs attempts to face down the Kremlin after Salisbury have had limited impact. But has Putin finally met his match in Bartholomew I, the 270th archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome, ecumenical patriarch, and âfirst among equalsâ of the Eastern Orthodox church?
In the 2,000-year struggle between church and state, Barth-olomew chalked up a notable victory last week. Defying protests from the Kremlin and Russiaâs clergy, the archbishop granted Ukraineâs wish to establish an independent church that will no longer answer, as it has since 1686, to the Moscow patriarchate. The decision was taken at a synod at Orthodox âheadquartersâ in Istanbul, formerly Constantinople.
Rather than annoy a trading partner, the Tories turn a blind eye to the countryâs excesses
Imagine how this government would have reacted if last weekend either Russia or Iran had abducted â and in all likelihood murdered â one of their dissident journalists within the sovereign territory of another country.
In fact, we do not need to imagine it. We need only look back five months to the faked assassination of the Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko on the streets of Kiev. It took the then foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, less than 24 hours to issue an official statement not only saying how appalled he was, but leaving no doubt that the Russian state was responsible and saying it must be held to account.
Pope Francis has made a saint of murdered Salvadoran archbishop Ăscar Romero, one of the most contentious Roman Catholic figures of the 20th century. In a ceremony before tens of thousands of people in St Peterâs Square, Francis declared Romero and Pope Paul VI saints along with five other lesser-known people.
People from across Germany have marched through Berlin to protest against racism, xenophobia and the far right in one of the countryâs biggest rallies of recent years. Organisers put the turnout at 242,000 people. The demonstration on Saturday followed anti-immigration protests in several eastern cities during the summer.
The US president says he will speak to Salman about the disappearance of the journalist. Trump says the US government will find out what happened to Khashoggi. US officials say they are seeking answers from the Saudi government.
Donald Trump has made it clear that whatever the outcome of the inquiry into the disappearance of the journalist from the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, the US will not forgo lucrative arms deals with Riyadh. The president says the possibility of Saudi Arabia sourcing its arms from Russia or China instead is unacceptable
The quinceanÌera, the 15th birthday rite of passage into womanhood, is widely celebrated in Latino culture. The ostentatious display of wealth at these events is important, even in communist Cuba. The photographer Diana Markosian has documented the tradition in her Over the Rainbow project, which has been awarded the third Elliott Erwitt Havana Club 7 Fellowship. It will be on display at Paris Photo in the Grand Palais from 8-11 November
Aerial footage shows the extent of the damage along Florida's coastline after the devastating impact of Hurricane Michael, the strongest US storm in more than 25 years. It made landfall near Mexico Beach â as seen in this video â with winds of up to 155 mph
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