PPP #79: Keep your eyes on the prize

PPP #79: Keep your eyes on the prize
Pip’s Practical Prompts Newsletter
Sent by Charles Burdett


Get to the bottom of it

A problem can have many roots, which aren't always obvious.

Uncover the underlying issues with your project by asking “Why?” up to five times.

This will allow you to get to the real problem so you don’t waste time overcoming superficial hurdles.

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Evaluate and you shall persevere

Put your ideas, designs and projects to the test by assessing them against three criteria:

1. Positive aspects

2. Negative aspects

3. Potential opportunities

This approach will uncover what’s working, what isn’t and how best to improve it.

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Stay focused

Workshops are great for group brainstorming and questions, but losing focus is easy.

If the discussion gets sidetracked, try saving irrelevant questions and topics for the end to maintain focus on the most important matters and avoid unproductive conversations.

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