Saturday, July 21, 2012

Improving the Result

A colleague of mine the other day was trying to solve a difficult problem with a lot at stake and he was really struggling with why he wasn’t producing the desired result.

In exploring this with him, two things became apparent.

1. In trying to solve the problem, he was not asking the right questions.

2. In asking the questions, he was not directing the questions to the right people who could really help him.

In fact, by not caring if he was directing the right questions at the right people, he has as good a chance at hitting upon a solution as if he consulted one of these:

or one of these:


If one wishes to find a result that meets their needs and expectations, it’s better if one considered a formula similar to the following (click to enlarge):


Knowing how to direct the right question to the right person can mean the difference between an answer that looks like this:

or this:

When your reputation, your success, your business, your family or your life depends on it, I think taking the time to do the right thing, the right way, right now is worth it.

Well, it is if you care about the result.

What do you think?

In service and servanthood.



While this was written mostly tongue-in-cheek, a more detailed analysis of this subject can be found here.

Asking Questions That Get Answered

Solving Puzzles–Follow the Breadcrumbs

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