Brian’s love affair with asking questions began when he joined THNK.
“At THNK, we go through the practice of defining the creative question. The better defined you can make that question, the easier it is to enable people around you to participate and help you find an answer. Often if you’re not finding the answers that you’re looking for it’s because you’re asking the wrong question.”
Brian registered for the Creative Leadership Program while he was on a six month sabbatical from Dell. By the start of the program, Brian’s planned Endeavor project had fallen through. With no venture and already questioning his next career step, Brian felt rudderless.
“I was suddenly this person that had no idea what they were going to do next. I met with my coach Paul van ’t Veld and we had a discussion about it. I had no idea what my passion and purpose was. Paul asked me a really powerful question: ‘It’s your time, what are you going to do with it?’”
“What I chose to do was to go ask for help. I built a pitch around it: the idea of exploring now”. As he developed a set of skills he could use for his next career step, Brian invited his THNK class along his journey to discover his passion and purpose. His classmates began referring to his search as “Finding Finley.”
“It started me down a path and a practice that I found to be really valuable which was interviewing. Accepting invitations, the generosity of the people around you, exploring something new, and asking questions. I was surprised and delighted to discover that when you ask the question, people want to help. That’s when it became clear to me that I had a passion for people. If people ask me today what’s my passion, I have a passion for people. I have a passion for helping people be successful or to find what’s next.”