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GA 380 | The Concept of Humble Inquiry with Peter and Ed Schein

By Jessica Bush Updated on July 15th, 2021

This week’s guests are Peter and Ed Schein, prominent figures in the leadership and organizational culture fields. A father-son team, they discussed the books they’ve written, the concept of Humble Inquiry, vulnerability in leadership, and more. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • A quote Peter likes (4:24)
  • A quote Ed likes (6:55)
  • Ed’s background (8:12)
  • Peter’s background (10:23)
  • What “humble inquiry” means (14:39)
  • The MIC acronym (20:17)
  • Listening to understand (23:33)
  • The seesaw of asking and revealing (26:57)
  • The role of vulnerability in humility (32:33)
  • Whether a leader can fake humble inquiry (37:09)
  • The different levels of relationships (42:56)
  • Advice for senior leaders (46:23)
  • Ed’s story about Peter (54:17)
  • Peter’s story about Ed (56:54)
  • How the book series ties together (58:24)

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