Thursday, January 26, 2017

Good Questions

  • Is it an action or a reaction? 
  • Does it achieve progress or merely restore the status-quo? 
  • Which terms are unclear?
  • Is it something we can shout from the rooftops without embarrassment? 
  • Does it require extensive explanation before people see its merits or are there obvious benefits?
  • Are there any legal or ethical problems?
  • Have we given serious consideration to the critics? 
  • If it doesn't work what will probably be the reason?
  • Did we explore more than three options? 
  • Are we trying to meet an unrealistic deadline? 
  • Who bears the greatest burden?
  • How will we know if we succeeded?
  • What do we want to see?
  • What do we hope does not happen?
  • If our plans succeed, will we be proud of what we achieved?
  • Which new problems or challenges will we face shortly after we succeed?
  • What will be the long-term consequences?


Crusty Old HR Manager said...

Excellent list. The question I like to ask is "Why are we doing this?" I'm surprised how often I get shocked looks from those to which it is directed.

Michael Wade said...


That is a great question!

The basics are best.