It was a regular day with all work and no jokes or entertainment at office, till I heard someone calling out for me.
When I look up from my gaze on the laptop, I see that it was coming from my boss’s desk with the operations guy obediently standing next to him. I go over and the speech starts off immediately:
“Hey Ram, Ankit (the Ops guy) has done an analysis of past bookings data and he is now wanting to know how & where can this be used.”
I was finding it very hard to control my laughter, and what was more triggering than the above said hollow words was the look of self-pride written all over the face of the Ops guy. It was like a sense of satisfaction one exhibits after a really big achievement.
We all do this all the time (barring the successful people!). We first tend to fix up on our beliefs or assumption by thinking them as great answers. Then we actually start thinking like “now what questions can fit these answers?”
It’s a natural tendency to sway along with all the thoughts and information that hits us, and start to feel the Archimedes sensation.
Archimedes though did have a valid reason to run naked on the street!
If you too are doing this, take a moment and rewind your past for any such resemblance, then you need to change your approach upside-down with immediate effect.
If you just do this one simple adjustment in your thinking, fixing first on what questions (or pressing problems) needs an answer and then carrying out your search or analysis or work, then you are going to simply double your productivity and contribution.
Irrespective of what your profile is, the end objective of it is to solve problems or remove bottlenecks or simplify complex things. For doing so, you need to know what exactly are those problems or constraints and need to keep asking this question daily.
You’ll be amazed to see that the more you ask “what questions do I need to work on today”, the path gets clearer. And clearer the path, it will naturally pave out the answers that were seemingly hidden all this while!
I came back to work the next day and asked the Ops guy to email me his analysis for me to go over it. He replied saying, “No Ram, I feel it needs some more improvement and I am working on it. Will send you once I am done.” And I know that he’s never gonna get done with it if he continues to refine his analysis for an unidentified problem.
Never look for a question for the solution in hand! Never put the carriage before the horse!