Are we asking the right questions?

Futurists working with clients may be tempted to play the role aggressively, with an in-your-face style pushing bold new ideas and transformations. That may be appropriate in some situations, but futurist John Mahaffie says that sometimes it’s better to play a low-key (but persistent) role to make sure the right questions are being asked.Image from Youth Services Website, Youth Central

In a recent blog post, Mahaffie identified some of the questions that ought to be asked in a client engagement:

  • Are we talking about the right thing?
  • Have we looked outside the usual boundaries?
  • Are the right people in the room to discuss this?
  • Are we overly influenced by our past interests and sunk investments?
  • Are we accounting for multiple perspectives?
  • Are we really looking at the future — like exploring the possibilities and aspirations out to the year 2018 or 2023 — or are we just catching up with the unfinished business of today?

These are just a few of the questions Mahaffie suggests (I picked my favorites, and did some paraphrasing). I encourage you to read the whole post.

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