047 – Great Questions with Ed Kless

 

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In This Episode

Is it possible that questions are more powerful than answers?   What is the ultimate question?  What are the Latin roots of the word “educate”?  Listen in for a deep discussion about the answers in today’s podcast!

Hey there, Innovation Nation!  You are in for quite a ride today.  Strap on your oxygen tanks because today, we are going deep.

“Language was invented to ask questions. Answers may be given by grunts or gestures, but questions must be spoken.  Humanness came of age when man asked the first question.  Social stagnation results not from lack of answers but from the absence of the impulse to ask questions.”

This quote by Eric Hoffer has become my new favorite.  Our guest today, Ed Kless mentioned it, and I had to go find it afterwards.  Hoffer basically says that curiosity is the engine of human social structures.  Curiosity in this context is not just following random synapse firings but rather the pursuit of intelligent, thoughtful impulses of the human heart.  From these impulses spring the desire to understand others, to understand the world around, and perhaps in its most powerful form, to understand ourselves.

I’ve said it here on the podcast before, but it always bears repeating:  Answers are short-lived and uninspiring, but a burning question can fuel curiosity and even a whole life’s work.  Curiosity about numbers and burning questions about how they behave have driven mathematicians such as Paul Erdős to create a rich and vibrant understanding of math.  Burning questions about how the most basic elements of the universe interact have driven physicists such as Erwin Schrödinger, Richard Feynman, and the ubiquitous Albert Einstein to develop a robust theory of matter and energy along with a rich understanding of their underlying constituents.

Questions always involve a quest, and quests are rich and varied things which almost never end up the way we imagined them in the beginning.  I’m not one of those who believe the “journey is the destination”, but the journey certainly makes for great stories and wonderful memories once we reach a destination.  For some of us, the journey often calls us back to the open road of life to ask ever deeper questions or perhaps just to find some other interesting destination.  No matter your disposition in life, questions and the pursuit of their answers are at the core of what it means to be human as Hoffer suggests.

Today, Ed Kless and I will delve into deep water.  Ed is a fellow podcaster.  He is a businessman.  He is a philosopher.  He is a thespian.  Let’s find out more about our fascinating guest.

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About Ed

Edward-Kless-3Ed Kless joined Sage in July of 2003 and is currently the senior director of partner development and strategy. He develops and delivers curriculum for Sage business partners on the art and practice of small business consulting including the Sage Consulting Academy, Business Strategy and Customer Experience Workshops. He also facilitated the Sage Leadership Academy, a year-long program designed to assist Sage Software partners develop a continuous process of improvement in their organizations and serves as liaison to the Strategic Leadership Association.

Ed is the author of The Soul of Enterprise: Dialogues on Business in the Knowledge Economy, a compendium of a few of the episodes of his VoiceAmerica talk-show The Soul of Enterprise: Business in the Knowledge Economy with Ron Baker, founder of the VeraSage Institute where Ed is also a senior fellow.

Prior to joining Sage, Ed worked with Tipping Point Advisors, an organization dedicated to the growth and development of software implementation partners. In 1996, he co-founded Third Wave Business Systems, a Microsoft Dynamics GP partner that grew to 20 team members and $5 million in revenue. At Third Wave, Ed developed the implementation methodology and led the CRM and ERP consulting teams.

Ed is a contributor to industry publications, including the Journal of Accountancy, Harvard Business Review and HR.com, and has spoken at many conferences worldwide on project management, pricing, and knowledge workers. He is also active in the Information Technology Alliance (ITA), Toastmasters, and is a senior fellow at the VeraSage Institute. He lives north of Dallas with his wife and two children and ran for Texas State Senate in 2010 and 2012 as a Libertarian.
 

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What is the Purpose of an Education?

“The purpose of an education is to draw out the spark or insight that is inside each of us.” –Ed Kless 

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Ed’s Favorite Quote

“Language was invented to ask questions. Answers may be given by grunts and gestures, but questions must be spoken. Humanness came of age when man asked the first question. Social stagnation results not from a lack of answers but from the absence of the impulse to ask questions.”
Eric Hoffer 

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About Teachers 

 My Dad – Taught me to appreciate the origin of words.

Mortgage = Mort (death) + gage (pledge) = Death pledge

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 Something Ed has made recently:

I authored a book. The Soul of Enterprise –http://thesoulofenterprise.com/book 

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Something Ed has learned recently:

 I learn something everyday!

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