Provoking Progress (Part I)
Questions can incite. My dear, late friend Kevin Pierce taught me the power of the right inquiry. He often responded to whatever new idea I shared with, "Yeah, but what about this?” Suddenly, I had to think, rather than just expound. Achieving greater sustainability requires such critical consideration. Here are four provocations I use, over and over and…
1. What problem is this trying to solve?
Because: Too often we pursue a solution before understanding, or even fully identifying the challenge.
2. What would success look like in 1, 3, 5 years?
Because: “Success" can be defined in many ways, and can, and perhaps should, change over time.
3. What do you think is the answer?
Because: Too often younger staff members rely on those with more experience to propose solutions, and forfeit the opportunity to develop their own judgement.
4. How will this fail?
Because: Considering what could go wrong, preferably at the start of a project, helps define what we need to design against.