I’d like to thank Blaine for the great comments about how the ‘why’ question can be dangerous AND helpful. You can read it in this post on his Stronger Teams Blog.
I agree so much in what he writes that I should quote the all post and I want just to point out some ‘good’ forms of ‘why’:
- Defines Success – by identifying the team’s purpose, team members can know when they are successful
- Creates Decision Making Criteria – a clear purpose helps the team decide where to put it time and resources
- Aligns Resources – similar to #2, allows the team to link specific resource allocations to key objectives
- Motivates – team members are motivated when it is clear their efforts are contributing to the team’s purpose
- Clarifies Focus – again, a clear purpose helps identify where to concentrate efforts
- It Expands Options – by focusing narrowly, rather than broadly, teams can consider more alternative strategies and tactics
And … just read it and give us feedback!