Questions To Ask Myself, Others And Of The Business

I like good questions because I believe that the better the question, the better the answer.

So, here is a list of the good questions I’ve collected from books, videos and conversations. I have some questions under multiple headings if I think they can apply in the different scenarios.

Technique
I find that if I ask myself a question and then let it sit in my mind, reminded by a sticky note, an answer bubbles up in good time. And, it’s usually a very good answer. One your brain has put through the wringer of your subconscious and decided the appropriate answer and action to take.

I will add to this list as I read questions I think are worthwhile thinking about and add headings as I see fit.

Updated: 29 April 2020

Me
Where is the lesson in this for me?
How am I going to help people get results?
How can I have the biggest impact?
What is my purpose in life?
What does the best me look like (act, hold myself etc)?
What do I love about what I do?
What do I want to be really good at?
Who’s holding you accountable?
What is my 20 or 30 year goal?
How do I want to be working in 12 months time?
What do I want?
What gives me the most energy?
What experience do I need to deliver?
What do I need to earn to make it happen?
What will I say “no” to?
What advice am I giving out that I’m not following myself?
What did I learn from a mistake I made today / this week?
What’s the best thing you did for someone this week so far?

Business
What business are we really in?
What business do we need to be in?
Who’s missing?
When someone says, “I believe x,” ask them: What data are you looking at? What reasoning are you using to draw your conclusion?
What should a quality person have known and done in that situation?
What are you optimising for?
What is the best way forward for x?
What numbers matter to you?
What experience do I need to deliver?
Does it make the boat go faster?
How can I ensure a great outcome for my clients with less me?
How can I continue to meet my clients expectations?
What is the biggest challenge right now to your business?

Others
What should a quality person have known and done in that situation?
What did you learn today?
What are you optimising for?
What tabs do you have open at the moment?
Who’s holding you accountable?
What numbers matter to you?
What did you fail at today?
What is the biggest challenge right now to your business?
What did you learn from a mistake you made today / this week?

Family (At the dinner table)
What mistake did you make that taught you something?
What did you try hard at today?
Tell, me three things that happened today and how they made you feel?
Tell me one thing you’re grateful for today?
What did you fail at today?

Racing
Where’s the grip in the rain?

Be Your Weird Self

This is an excellent commencement speech by Chris Sacca.

His last piece of advice — be your weird self.

That’s a great piece of advice. Your weird self is the one that requires no effort, has no pretence and wears a smile — most of the time.

Chris Sacca went from $4 Million USD in the hole to zero in 2005, and is one of the most successful venture capitalists today. He’s well worth the 28 minutes.

The Law of Singularity

A repost of Richard Koch’s Law of Singularity article to remind myself and you, that sometimes there is only one way to save your business or brand.

One way.

And it’s usually really, really hard to do. So hard that some executives will put it off and put it off until it’s too late and they’re out of business.

If you’re struggling with a brand that’s not performing I recommend you read and then re-read the case studies in Richard’s article. They are an excellent prompt to finding the one way to kick start an ailing/failing brand.

Sign up for Richard’s blogposts here. Always a good read.

Value vs Distraction

In my opinion Tech entrepreneurs who invent websites, social media things aren’t ‘real’ entrepreneurs. They are not creating anything of ‘real’ value.

They are creating distractions.

And humans love being distracted. ‘Real’ entrepeneurs bring about change and create value. Yes there is value in creating a distraction but sooner or later someone has to do something or things do not get done.