Big problems? Ask 7 questions

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To identify problems or opportunities worthy of people’s attention, ask these 7 questions:

1. If this issue were resolved, would the problem stay solved in the long run?

2. Who are the stakeholders?

3. Who can I bounce ideas off of?

4. What are the risks or stakes?

5. What are the directly observable data versus our assumptions and inter­pretations?

6. How am I reasoning through this?

7. What are the biggest questions here?

— Adapted from Leadership: Advancing the Organi­­sation Program Workbook, Cambridge Leadership Group, www.cambridgeleadership.com.

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