Recently, I observed a meeting between an executive leader and their top-level managers. The executive leader outlined changes coming and encouraged the managers to simplify and move quicker.
Someone asked (not verbatim): “I agree on the direction and understand that some existing priorities are to remain must-do tasks and deliverables. Will there be any changes in priorities in order to achieve the new direction?”
The response provided (not verbatim): “We must stop asking questions like these and focus on delivering.” Their answer expounded further about the unfruitfulness of the question that was asked.
People ask questions for guidance, to clear the path because they are stuck, or because they understand limited time/resources/money and want to ensure they and their teams are aligned.
Our organizations will only achieve the limits that we set for them: Those limits may reach to outer space. Or, those limits may extend only to our ability to hear what is being asked.