For much of us, finding out to ask questions was a matter of the five W’s: who, what, where, when, why (and how).

As I interviewed founders about the most valuable knowing resources that permitted them to grow into the leaders they are today, I realized that a lot of them leaned greatly on carefully crafted approaches to asking questions. In all the interviews, questions was without a doubt the most mentioned finding out process. I found these creators to be exceptionally methodical, brave, curious, disciplined and effective in their pursuit of learning.

Founders showed extraordinary discipline by approaching information gathering as a structured process. Some creators have a highly organized approach in how they target their outreach:

I found out by being organized about speaking with individuals smarter than myself. I required to know hundreds of individuals and understand what they know. I made a table matrix of who I talk to and for what subject. Eric Schmidt is one of six specialists I turn to on developing management OKRs.

— Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn

And in how they catalog/store info about who is a professional …

Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.