At work we often have to make up our mind about the value of a new idea, a proposal for change, the worth of a leader’s vision of our organisation’s future, or the believability of an answer to a question, of a response to a situation. Overwhelmed by data we struggle for information.
Can we improve the way we decide the value of information and therefore improve the quality of the actions we may then take?
A useful start is for us to ask better questions. Here are some to ask whenever you are asked to consider something important at work:
- What is the situation?
- What are or were our options, choices?
- What is proposed to be done about it?
- Why we’ve done it?
- What are the benefits or gains of the proposal?
- What is intriguing about the proposal?
- What are the hassles, losses or the costs of the proposal?
- How I can help?
- When I can expect to see the difference?
The list of questions is not exhaustive and there is no set order to them, and you will have others to add.
Weighing up the answers to these questions helps you decide the merit of what is being proposed independent of the rank or persuasive skills of the proponent. Radical?
By Joe Moore – Joe is the founder and principal of Kimber Moore Associates. He and his team are highly skilled in helping leaders and staff deal with uncertainty, change, complexity and conflict. You can contact Joe here