This post is part of the 📖 The Coaching Habit series.
Today, I am reading a new section from The Focus Question chapter of the book The Coaching Habit written by Author, Michael Bungay Stanier.
Yesterday, I read some sections of Going Too Far: The Paradox of Choice from the book.
Tomorrow, I will be reading the same chapter The Focus Question. Look out for tomorrow’s article.
The Focus Question
In this chapter, you find out how to stop spending so much time and effort solving the wrong problem.
“Without a good question, A good answer had no place to go” — Claton Christensen
The world is working very hard and coming up with decent solutions to problems that just don’t matter, and why the real challenges often go unaddressed.
Maybe you are doing these things in your organisation like the following:
- You’re Solving the Wrong Problem
- You’re Not Solving the Problem
So you need to ask yourself the focus question: “What’s the Real Challenge Here for You?”
This is the question that will help slow down the rush to action, so you spend time-solving the real problem, not just the first problem.
What’s the challenge?
This question might likely generate either an obvious answer or a somewhat abstract answer.
What’s the real challenge here?
You have to find the one that matters most.
What’s the real challenge here for you?
It keeps the question personal and makes the person you’re talking to wrestle with her struggle and what she needs to figure out.
“Focus on the real problem, not the first problem.” — Michael Bungay Stanier
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Focus on the real problem, not the first problem.
Instead of moving into advice-giving, solution-providing mode, you ask the Focus Question: “What’s the real challenge here for you?”
Author(s): Michael Bungay Stanier
Part 8 of 21 in the 📖 The Coaching Habit book series.