Monday, 8 August 2011

Ask different questions

In great organisations strategic planning is driven by the search for the right questions more than the search for the right answers. How do you know if you have achieved the optimal, preferred outcome unless you have exhausted all the questions, including the too difficult to answer, no-one talks about that particular problem, nothing will ever change in any case type of questions. But until you make the commitment to ask, you will never know if you are getting the best solutions.

Sometimes our brains need to be challenged in different ways; we need to see the world from different perspectives to make a leap forward. So...the next time you are planning or looking to improve, rather than asking - what's going wrong? What are the challenges? How can we do things differently? - try asking the following:

• If you were starting afresh what would you really want?
• What has not yet happened?
• What are you about to let go of?
• What hero will have inspired you?
• What outcome would you rather have?

You never know where it could lead you!

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