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Moving Questions

Stop working too hard to resolve problems. Particularly those problems that keep returning, but in a different form. Look for the reason why the problem in question is a good solution. 

Step-by-step, this book teaches you how to ask Moving Questions. It provides you with ready-prepared Moving Questions. It also teaches you how to formulate your own Moving Questions. And how to ask the question in such a way that it’s moving.
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about the book

By asking Moving Questions, you introduce movement to situations that are stuck. Both professionally and personally. For you and other people. By asking questions such as:
  • Who does this problem belong to? Is it yours or does it belong somewhere else?
  • Or: Where does the permission for movement need to come from?
  • And: What do you lose once you no longer have this problem?

Step-by-step, this book teaches you how to ask Moving Questions. It provides you with ready-prepared Moving Questions. It also teaches you how to formulate your own Moving Questions. And how to ask the question in such a way that it’s moving.


The secret behind being effortlessly successful

Successful leaders and teams use information that you can’t see, but does exist. Information that brings movement. For every plan you make or decision you take, you require information. There are numerous types of information available, with lots of different sources. Most people use only the source providing rational, analytical information, information that is visible.
Successful leaders and teams also use other information, tapped from a very different source, information that’s beyond the invisible. When you add this information to your plans and decisions, you achieve your goals more easily because the information you now have is richer. Moving Questions give you easy access to this extra information.

Analytical and systemic

In the analytical domain you find information about facts and about events. It’s visible. You work with examples and details. You use all of this information to analyse how something works. A process, a product, an idea or a journey you want to make: you identify the parts, explore them and look at how they relate to each other. Based on this, you make a decision, or arrive at an idea. You try to solve the problem yourself. Which brings you a long way. And for the major part of your life, you indeed use information from this domain.
Successful leaders, teams, products or people also use something else. They make use of a very different source of information. This source is in the systemic domain. Beyond the visible. Moving Questions derive information from the systemic domain. In the systemic domain you work based on the assumption that the parts (of a process, product or idea) together form a whole. That whole has its own characteristics, which are completely unique. Because all the parts are together, something new is formed. Which is why, in the systemic domain, you don’t explore the parts but the whole, the connections between the parts and what can flow through them. In the analytical domain you want more details and information, you zoom in. In the systemic domain you explore the context, you zoom out.

Solving a problem in one go

The secret of solving a problem in one go is simple: use information from both the analytical domain and the systemic domain. The information from the analytical domain tells you what the problems are, the information from the systemic domain tells you their cause. You use both information about facts and details, and about what they’re part of and which invisible connections there are. The fastest way to get information from the systemic domain is by asking questions. Questions that bring movement. The questions bring movement by making different connections to those made by questions looking for details and facts.

about the author

As an organisation consultant, Siets Bakker (1973) has guided numerous executive boards and management teams through their change issues. She is a forerunner in the field of applied systemic work.

Siets is trained to facilitate family and organisational constellations, but is much more interested in finding practical ways to apply systemic knowledge to everyday life. The book, Moving Questions, is the product of her knowledge and expertise.


Many eye-openers for everyone who wants to bring others and themselves further, through a good conversation. The ‘quality of the presence’ and ‘it’s about asking the question, you don’t need the answer. The answer is for the other person’.

J. Donkers
business consultant
A must-read! The book reads easily. Where sometimes some woolly language is used when it comes to systems, undercurrent and invisible layers, Siets Bakker knows how to explain to the reader in clear language which questions you can ask that help to break open situations that are stuck.

F. Cook
personal coach
I find the practical, down-to-earth tone of this book particularly clever. Nowhere glidious or mysterious. Clear, recognizable and the most normal thing in the world. The examples appeal to the imagination. The assignments reinforce the invitation to work with Moving Questions.

J. Boom
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