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Taming Overload

I love this post from Jack Vinson:

Good questions tame the overload fairy

Check out the post for these questions:

  • What is the essential question?
  • Where is your customer’s North Star?
  • Should you believe the squiggly line?
  • What surprised you?
  • What does the lighthouse reveal?
  • Who are your swing voters?
  • What? So what? Now what? Expose insights.
  • How is this (activity, information, meeting, etc.) going to help me answer the question?  (Reflecting #1 above.)
  • If I answer the question, what then?
  • Do I need to do this right now?
  • What would be surprising to learn in this context?
  • Can anyone else help me with this?
  • How can I make this work better the next time?  Should there be a next time?

He is referencing Christopher Frank and Paul Magnone, coauthors new book Drinking from the Fire Hose: Making Smarter Decisions Without Drowning in Information and this interview:

American Management Association: Why You Need to Drink from the Fire Hose.



Posted on: January 21, 2012, 8:01 am Category: Uncategorized

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