Three Questions for Post-Industrial Clarity (and a Bonus)
Sometimes the assignment is obvious.
Brew the coffee. Make the widget. Fill out the spreadsheet. Clock in. Clock out. Do that until you retire to a retirement home in the tropics.
But the age of industrialism is over.
It doesn’t work like this anymore.
The 21st-century workplace is about solving problems, creativity, connections, and innovation.
Clarity can be a tough nut to crack.
We’re not really making widgets anymore. But the clarity we once had with widget-making was certainly nice. There is something comforting about knowing exactly what to do and how to do it.
Here are three questions I use when I’m swimming in a sea of ambiguity and need clarity on any given project.
1. Who am I serving?
2. What is the real problem?
3. What is my next action?
Bonus question: Why does this matter?
Simplify and clarify. It’s the only way I know to get my head around the 2019 workplace.