How to Discover Solutions
I ended off in the last post with these questions about self-awareness:
To reap the benefits of self-awareness you must be able to ask yourself questions that are designed to do just that. Take a page out of a good journalist’s book and practice phrasing questions using the W’s and H type questions:
- What will need to change for me to….?
- How can I solve this problem? Who can I ask for help with…?
- Why do I want ___? or, Why did I react the way I did?
- Where do I want to be in my career? Over what period of time?
- When is reasonable for me to complete this project?
Now that you are aware of any assumptions you might have that’s getting you nowhere fast. You might also now be more aware of the answers to the above questions; you’re now ready to start Discovering Solutions.
If you are committed to keep moving forward you must now be looking for solutions for what could be holding you back and keeping you stuck. If the results you’re getting from your business, life and career are not quite what you intended:it’s time to discover some solutions.
The power behind the AADCA process for asking questions is in how it builds on each previous step designed to get you to where you want to be. Building on the previous two steps of the AADCA process for asking questions, below are examples of questions designed to help you discover solutions for whatever it is you wish to solve:
- How can your co-workers/manager help you get your level of readiness high enough to achieve your intentions?
- This question requires you to be specific enough so they know how to help you. It’s one thing to say you need help, it’s another to state clearly what kind of help you need.
- What needs to happen for you to be able to rank your level of commitment one notch higher on the scale?
- Too often the solution to challenges is us getting in our own way. This question helps you face this possible truth by assessing your own level of commitment to your plan.
- How were you able to solve similar challenges in the past?
- This is a powerful solution creating question. It prevents you from re-inventing the wheel and instead allows you to improve upon the wheel by building on what worked in the past.
In my next post I will show you how to continue using the 5-step AADCA process for asking questions so you are equipped to ask great questions and get people to take action and maintain the action taken.
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