Without questions, knowledge does not exist. All of the progress, discoveries, and technologies man has enjoyed is because the right questions were asked which lead to know-how.
Even the caveman who was having difficulty catching food asked how he could obtain meat more efficiently. He asked a question which preceded knowledge.
Why then, in many organizations, relationships, and even governments are questions considered an usurpation of power? Stifling questions, stifles solutions, which stifles progress, which leads to stifled nations and stifled people.
Questions are essential to progress, betterment, and a general increase of knowledge. Here are some steps on how to ask the right questions:
Simplify the problem
To simplify means that you have to conduct research to fully understand the problem in efforts to ask the correct question. Without simplification comes ambiguity and rabbit trails.
Question your motives first
Know what you are trying to achieve
Question logic, not people
Be a straight shooter