One of the signs of an obvious question is that people are reluctant to ask it. ~ Some questions only require one honest answer while others should be periodically asked in order to see if feelings and circumstances have changed. ~ The person who asks a question may elicit more attention than the question itself. ~ Never leave the asking of tough questions to the same person. That burden should be shared. ~ Individuals who only will tell you the truth if you ask the right question are practicing a form of deception. ~ Knowing which questions are regarded as off-limits can tell you a great deal about an organization. ~ We all know that valuable information is often obtained by smart people asking dumb questions but nonetheless asking such questions requires courage.