Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Five Whys

I first encountered this effective technique in the red Fieldbook to Peter Senge’s best selling business book “The Fifth Discipline”. I have used it successfully in many situations. The idea is to ask the why behind the why, five times, each time digging deeper, to better understand a subject.

The Question

When we understand

The Why, that is behind

The Why, that is behind

The Why, it is then

We find the real question

That reveals

The greater treasure

Not just the answer

That first appears.

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