Who Contributes to Your Success?

Based on John Maxwell’s Questions to Ask during a Learning Session

It started at the end of August this year when a friend, Marchem Pfeiffer, M.A , did a post on LinkedIn, posing the question “Who contributes to your success?” It draws on John Maxwell‘s video and blog on “The Value of Asking Questions.”

On his blog, John shares that whenever he prepares for a meeting, he spends time determining the questions he wants to ask because as he puts it, “… I want to make the most of the time I have, but I also do it to engage with the other person. I want people to know that I value them, and that, if possible, I want to add value to them”. John then goes on to share the seven questions he uses.

So, this article represents the exciting project that both Marchem and myself have started and which I’d like to invite everyone to be a part of. We’d like to find out who contributes to your success. We’re particularly concerned about the value that questions bring. To that end, we invite you to ponder on John Maxwell’s question and share your thoughts with us.

The 7 Questions
1. What is the greatest lesson you have learned?
2.  What are you learning now?
3. How has failure shaped you?
4. Who do you know that I should know?
5. What have you read that I should read?
6. What have you done that I should do?
7. How can others add value to you? (this has been modified for this exercise from the original “How can I add value to you?”).

If you’re interested to participate
1. Drop me a note to tell me you’re in. If we’re not connected, send a connection request with a brief message referencing the seven questions.
2. Prepare responses as a word doc.
3. Include a high res image of yourself and a short bio (4 – 5  lines).
4. Include your LinkedIn profile URL together with any of your other social handles. Email to rmorais AT vertical distinct DOT com.
5. Final discretion on publication rests with the editing team and edits may be made to your submission.
The article will be published on this site.

The Contributors
The list of contributors is growing and new submissions are being published over the next few weeks.

Doug LawrenceDoug Lawrence is the founder of TalentC® a Human Resources solution provider focused on effective mentoring. Doug is an International Certified Mentor Practitioner (ICMP) and an International Certified Mentor Facilitator (ICMF). He has over 30 years of mentoring and leadership experience in federal, provincial and private sector environments and is recognised as a thought leader in the mentoring space. Doug authored the book entitled, “The Gift of Mentoring”. Doug shares.


George AvelingGeorge Aveling is the Group CEO and International Partner of TMI and TACK International in Malaysia. He is a mentor to senior leaders, an organisational leader, writer and consultant. George opened the TMI office in Kuala Lumpur in February 2005. George is the co-editor of the book, SHIFT! Powerful Stories of Organisational TransformationHe has written over 100 articles for magazines in Malaysia and Australia. George has lived in Malaysia since 2007. George shares.


Mirella ScaliseExtremely passionate about bringing people and organisations together to achieve the impossible, Mirella Scalise has a tremendous appreciation for marketing and brand, coupled with people and culture.  She enjoys delivering key messages around people and services, immersed in a culture where there’s an ever-flowing momentum of pride in team accomplishments. With over 30 years’ progressive experience, Mirella brings marketing, communications, brand, business strategy and talent management to life across a diverse market of sectors and industries. “I thrive when we all work and win together”. Mirella shares.


Kristin KaufmanKristin Kaufman is the founder of Alignment, Inc. ® a unique consultancy formed to help individuals, corporations, board of directors and other similar groups find alignment within themselves and their organisations. She has brought this expertise to hundreds of people since establishing Alignment, Inc®. Kristin brings over 25 years of corporate experience to bear, including executive positions at Hewlett-Packard and United Health Group.  A prolific writer, Kristin’s Is This Seat Taken? book series continues to garner national acclaim and has been endorsed by Stephen Covey, Marshall Goldsmith and John Maxwell, among others. Kristin shares.


David WeeI am David Wee. By the time I was 18, I knew I would always teach. I did that for some 30  years, taking up C-suite roles to grow leaders in Singapore’s National Productivity Board, Bank Negara’s Iclif, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson and the Sinarmas Group.

I retired over a year ago. Today, I define success as if I am a 10-year-old whose only responsibility is to make my world a better place for those I care about and for me. And I teach. David shares.


Beth CrosbyBeth Crosby is professional freelance copy editor with experience in both fiction and non-fiction writing, pet sitting and kidney disease. She applies her plethora of trivial knowledge to improve others’ writing through copy editing. Beth shares.




Bob WendoverBob Wendover is the award-winning author of ten books including Figure It Out! and Crossing the Generational Divide. He has been teaching organizations how to manage their workforce transitions for the past 30 years. His next book, DecisioNinjas! Building Tomorrow’s Generation of Workplace Problem Solvers, will be released in 2018. Bob shares.



Sulynn ChoongSulynn Choong is a Positive Change Consultant / Coach with Human Capital Perspectives and the Founder / Chief Engagement Officer at the Asian Center for Applied Positive Psychology (ACAPP). She works with organisations to energise their workforce for outstanding performance. Combining practical corporate experience with evidence-based research in positive psychology, Sulynn assists CEOs in evaluating their organisations’ existing and proposed change initiatives for coherence, congruence, relevance and positive impact through strategic road-mapping and targeted interventions. Sulynn shares.

Jane GraftonJane Grafton is British and based in Warwickshire, UK. She offers coaching and training in mindfulness as it relates to happiness, relationships, decision making and life directions.  Much of herwork has been with the Potential Project, a global corporate-based mindfulness training company.  Jane shares.




This is the Success Series, a series of Question/Answer pieces centred on John Maxwell’s The Value of Asking Questions, a project that was started by Marchem Pfeiffer, M.A  and myself. 

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