What's the toughest part of your job?
April 12 - I was interviewed by a sixth for 6th form student on student on work experience today. What, she asked, was the hardest part of my job?
I have to admit it only took a moment's hesitation to answer that guessing what other people were thinking was the hardest bit.
Now this girl was bright. "How do you find out?", she asked.
And I gave her my stock question - used time and time again when I need to find out what somebody really wants from a course of action they propose, which is "How will you know this plan has succeeded? What difference will we see?" Nothing gives me more insight into what a person really thinks than their answer to those questions.