Questions from today

Which jobs absolutely must get done today? Which jobs can we (must we) push back – and to when? Who is waiting for my input? What’s the minimum I can give them so that they can do the maximum without me? How can I make the process and decisions explicit so that in time they might do it without me?…

The Toolkit – Part 1: Foundations (4)

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. Would they miss you? Why? This question works for examining your personal values, and it’s a great pivot for thinking about the values of your organisation too. What do you hope people…

BYOG

Be Your Own Guru The next time you want to ask someone a question, first ask yourself these two questions: Why is this important to me? What am I going to do with the answer? If you don’t have satisfying answers to those to questions, don’t ask. If you do have satisfying answers, a third question is: Why aren’t I…

Questions (2): what you do with the answer

You asked the question… Are you going to listen to the answer? What are you prepared to change if the it’s not what you’re expecting? How are you going to put the answer to work? If you’re not ready to do any of these things, it’s probably better not to ask until you are.

Questions (1): who’s it for?

A questions about questions: Who is it for? Always, our questions are self motivated: We’re looking for answers. We just want to know. The answer will help us in some way. We also ask questions for other people: We ask on behalf of others who can’t or won’t ask – because we want their question to be heard by others,…

DriverlessCrocodile ping-pong: five questions, ten minutes (v0.1)

Here’s a set of quickfire questions you might enjoy answering: Introduce yourself: who are you, what do you do, and why is it important? What’s your most valuable skill? Describe a tool, technique or practice that makes a difference to your work. What advice do you most need to hear? Suggest an endearing and humorous question for question number five…

Contact

Next time you read an article, listen to a podcast, watch a program that you like – why don’t you get in touch with whoever made it? Not just the person who was in it – the ones we normally notice – but the people who made it too. Drop them an email, or even that hand written note that you…

DC Podcast: Spec-tacular (spec for a spec)

This is a ‘spec for a spec’ pulling together some threads from This is Marketing (‘The Simple Marketing Promise’, ‘Marketing in five steps’ and ‘Simple Marketing Worksheet’) and this page. 1. Audience: Who do I seek to serve? What is the world view of the audience you’re seeking to reach? My product is for people who believe… I will focus…

Driverless Crocodile Podcast: 6 Questions

Here’s the draft of six questions for first interviews on the DC podcast – let me know what you think. Spec for the podcast (which should have come first) coming soon!) Who are you, what do you do, and why do you think it’s important? How did your organisation or project start, and how has it changed? Can you share…