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35 great questions, part 5

Part 5 of 5 in my condensed reprint of Inc’s article, “35 Great Questions” from the April 2014 issue. (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4)

  1. Who have we, as a company, historically been when we’ve been at our best? –Keith Yamashita
  2. What do we stand for – and what are we against? –Scott Goodson
  3. Is there any reason to believe the opposite of my current belief? –Chip Heath & Dan Heath
  4. Do we underestimate the customer’s journey? –Matt Dixon
  5. Among our stronger employees, how many see themselves at the company in three years? How many would leave for a 10 percent raise from another company? –Jonathan Rosenberg
  6. What did we miss in the interview for the worst hire we ever made? –Alberto Perlman
  7. Do we have the right people on the bus? –Jim Collins

35 great questions, part 4

Part 4 of 5 in my condensed reprint of Inc’s article, “35 Great Questions” from the April 2014 issue. (part 1, part 2, part 3)

  1. Did my employees make progress today? –Teresa Amabile
  2. What one word do we want to own in the minds of our customers, employees, and partners? –Matthew May
  3. What should we stop doing? –Peter Drucker
  4. What are the gaps in my knowledge and experience? –Charles Handy
  5. What am I trying to prove to myself, and how might it be hijacking my life and business success? –Bob Rosen
  6. If we got kicked out and the board brought in a new CEO, what would he do? –Andy Grove
  7. If I had to leave my organization for a year and the only communication I could have with my employees was a single paragraph, what would I write? –Pat Lencioni

35 great questions, part 3

Part 3 of 5 in my condensed reprint of Inc’s article, “35 Great Questions” from the April 2014 issue. (part 1, part 2)

  1. Are we changing as fast as the world around us? –Gary Hamel
  2. If no one would ever find out about my accomplishments, how would I lead differently? –Adam Grant
  3. Which customers can’t participate in our market because they lack skills, wealth, or convenient access to existing solutions? –Clayton Christensen
  4. Who uses our product in ways we never expected? –Kevin P Coyne & Shawn T Coyne
  5. How likely is it that a customer would recommend our company to a friend or colleague? –Andrew Taylor
  6. Is this an issue for analysis or intuition? –Tom Davenport
  7. Who, on the executive team or the board, has spoken to a customer recently? –James Champy

35 great questions, part 2

Part 2 of 5 in my condensed reprint of Inc’s article, “35 Great Questions” from the April 2014 issue. (part 1)

  1. What counts that we are not counting? –Chip Conley
  2. In the past few months, what is the smallest change we have made that has had the biggest positive result? What was it about that small change that produced the large return? –Robert Cialdini
  3. Are we paying enough attention to the partners our company depends on to succeed? –Ron Adner
  4. What prevents me from making the changes I know will make me a more effective leader? –Marshall Goldsmith
  5. What are the implications of this decision 10 minutes, 10 months, and 10 years from now? –Suzy Welch
  6. Do I make eye contact 100 percent of the time? –Tom Peters
  7. What is the smallest subset of the problem we can usefully solve? –Paul Graham

35 great questions, part 1

Part 1 of 5 in my condensed reprint of Inc’s article, “35 Great Questions” from the April 2014 issue.

  1. How can we become the company that would put us out of business? –Danny Meyer
  2. Are we relevant? Will we be relevant five years from now? Ten? –Debra Kaye
  3. If energy were free, what would we do differently? –Tony Hsieh
  4. What is it like to work for me? –Robert Sutton
  5. If we weren’t already in business, would we enter it today? And if not, what are we going to do about it? –Peter Drucker
  6. What trophy do we want on our mantle? –Marcy Massura
  7. Do we have bad profits? –Jonathan L Byrnes