ATLC #19 – Do a GBB!

Everything is a mixed bag in life!

Nothing is ever all good or all bad.


So, one of the most useful SOT thinking tools is the GBB.

When you do a GBB you deliberately judge the Good, the Bad and then you go even further to discern what could be Better.

G = GOOD. The good things about an idea why you like it.
B = BAD. The bad things about an idea why you don’t like it.
B = BETTER. What could be much better about an idea.

Everyone agrees that we should all be more broad-minded, more tolerant, more thoughtful, considerate, and more creative. Why don’t people THINK? How often have you heard that question?

It is easy to say to someone, “Why don’t you be more broad-minded?” But it is not so easy to actually do it. This is because it is impossible to focus attention on general attitudes like the ones mentioned above. They sound great as slogans and battle cries but have proved to be of little value as operating tools which can actually be practised and used.

However, a GBB is specific. It is possible to ask someone to “Do a GBB on this.” The thought-leader then takes pride in the skill of being able to deliberately see the Good, Bad and Better points in the situation.


Instead of just saying that you like an idea, or you don’t like it, you can use a GBB.

When you use a GBB, you give the good points, the bad points, and also the points which are neither good nor bad but are much better.

You can use a GBB as a way of managing ideas, suggestions, and proposals.

You can ask someone else to do a GBB, or you can be asked to do one yourself.

DFQ #19:
Do a GBB!

Tomorrow is the last lesson in this 30-day leadership pipeline so today is a chance to reflect on your journey so far. Do a GBB on this month’s training!

• List 3 GOOD things.
• List 3 BAD things.
• List 3 things that could be BETTER.

Post your GBB below:

303 thoughts on “ATLC #19 – Do a GBB!

  1. GOOD
    Leadership is the skill of getting other people to lead themselves.
    The Pipeline – Commitment
    PTO – To lead, first learn to be led
    I’ve missed a DFQ and not returned to complete as yet
    Time consuming to access previous DFQ
    Previous books videos referred to unable to review
    Moving towards Thought Leadership & Leadership Thinking
    A method for accessing previous DFQ through single portal
    Transference of principles into action

  2. 3 good things:
    – Daily reminders that I need to practice my thinking skills
    – Evaluation of different paradigms to improve my thinking skills
    – Reading how others perceive the same DFQ.

    3 bad things:
    – I can’t see all my comments at one go to see how I’ve evolved.
    – Little interaction between members (creating a Linkedin group would allow us to connect better.)
    – Sometimes I’m not sure where each lesson is taking me, sometimes they fell repetitive.

    3 things that could be better:
    – Provide constructive feedback once in while on our posts.
    – Find a way for the students to get to know each other.
    – Run live webinars/workshops from time to time.

  3. Good things:
    1- It is an opportunity to think laterally about leadership.
    2- I have learnt some qualities which need to be combined to form a leader’s character.
    3- Lessons are useful to me for trying to develop a flexible unconventional style of leadership.

    BAD things:
    1- I need to completely reduce unrealistic expectations of leadership.
    2- I need to know more about the individual leadership requirements.
    3- Some misconceptions about leaders and leadership can only be cleared when there is dicussion.

    Better things:
    1- ‘’PEEL THE ORANGE’’ is a good thing to simulate the Command-Response pattern, and the ORANGE itself is also a good thing to simulate the relation between the whole and its parts; take the whole part by part, then combine these parts to see the whole again.
    2- No quick mentor’s feedback was given-that was good, because it helped me improve my capacity of self-correction.
    3- DFQs/ PRR can be seen as an organised natural learning process.

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