“Listen Up!! – I want to get this snowball up this hill !” (‘…and I don’t want to hear about the July temperature’). That foolish parody reflects an approach that you might have experienced in some recent initiatives – authoritative demand from a lofty or un-informed perspective intended to coerce underling agreement, support, and participation. Those initiatives may have even occurred in your home, office, church, non-profit, city, state, or nation.
It will likely reflect some aspects of the following formula for failure:
1) Impulsive conjecture – satisfy (MY…) vested interest
2) Consensus-building – solicit your emotional agreement
3) Fault-finding/blame – avoid (my/our) responsibility
4) Desperate commotion – appear concerned/involved
(Competition is driven by “my need” to look good in bad situation)
Even a little insight suggests that cooperation may NOT be forthcoming and the opportunity may dissipate – for several reasons. Cooperation is driven instead by informed consensus, and OUR common desire to SUCCEED! For that to happen, the conversation might sound more like – “Speak UP !!- we are trapped atop this mountain in deep snow, and we need to create a path to the bottom to survive – anyone have any suggestions?”
The resulting process might look more like this formula for success:
1) Investigate Situation(s) – confirm issues/trends
2) Qualify/Quantify – establish desired position/results
3) Extract Hindrances – drill down to “root cause(s)”
4) Prioritize and Implement – only appropriate action(s)
Putting this concept into practice could be as easy as ‘rolling a snowball downhill’, not that hard – if it is based on the right approach:
ASK4™ provides the minimal structure to create purposeful conversations, manage inquiry, converge consensus, and map opportunity. It serves the individual participant and all who join in the extended discourse, equitably.
How’s the ‘weather’ where you are?