Good question

I had a colleague thank me for asking some questions recently. The questions were in response to comments/concerns he had about a project we are working on together.

He had imagined one set of outcomes based on a current set of circumstances—we’re in the middle of the initiative and he was concerned that it wasn’t going to end well or at least not the way we would like it to.

All I did was ask the question: what if that’s not true and challenge some of his assumptions. I then said what if it is true, what should we do differently and/or in addition to what we are already doing?

I don’t think these are hard questions to think of, at least they weren’t for me, but they totally changed his thinking and how he was feeling about the project.

We came up with a Plan B, which we can execute with very little notice, as well as some adjustments to our current strategy.

Instead of wallowing in worry, self-pity, shame, and whatever other negative emotions you can think of, we put them to use and developed a plan to keep us moving forward.

Where did I learn to ask these kinds of questions? By doing work like we’re going to do in our workshops in London and Berlin.

Come and learn how you can constructively more forward instead of wallowing and worrying.

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