Your DFQ #11:

How can you ask yourself this question today:

What is the opportunity here?

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518 thoughts on “#11 OPPORTUNITY

  1. Reframe the question. What am I asking? What is the Customer asking? Are we both looking at the glass half-empty or half full? Do they have a solution in mind for their problem? Do I understand the problem?

  2. i have time so utilize it to learn , network most importantly think about thinking ……
    how do people think ..why ?
    do think like them ..why ? why not ? what can i do better ? how can i do better…
    each question is an opportunity to improve , grow and build upon

  3. The opportunity can benefit many parties. The opportunity in dealing with my frustrations are:
    1. To me: develop my skills growing others.
    2. To others: help them become better lateral thinkers, grow their value in the job market.
    3. The system: more likelihood of meeting company goals.
    4. The customer: better value from product and services provided.

  4. 1. what is the opportunity here to create more value for my clients?
    2. What is the opportunity here to become more effective communicator?
    3. What is the opportunity here to create a better home environment?
    4. what is the opportunity here to become more physically fit?
    5. What is the opportunity here to become a better leader?
    6. What is the opportunity here to solve problems for my clients?
    7. What is the opportunity here to monetize values for my clients?
    8. What is the opportunity here to become a better human being?
    9. What is the opportunity here to become a better husband?
    10. What is the opportunity here to innovate in my work?

  5. Completing one task before diving into another gives me the opportunity to improve my work quality and also to decrease my stress level .

  6. The glass is twice as big as it needs to be! (old engineering joke)

    When searching for opportunity I often ask myself “How can I add value?”. What else is there that can be done that is beneficial to the situation (rather than just busy work).

  7. The opportunity with any situation or crisis is to study why something happened and learn from it. This learning may come as learning how to improve on something or learning that what you did was good enough for the situation. That itself is still learning. So I guess in summary, for me there is always an opportunity to learn and do better next time.

  8. I have been working on peace processes in the Philippines for over 12 years and after so many years of negotiations, peace is still not in sight. The main CVS has been that peace will come if the power elites come to agreements or peace pacts. I have long been an observer on both sides of the fence and I know, in fact I have seen that the power elites, whether it be governments or revolutionary movemens are self-interested and while they mouth that there work is for the people, I have long sense that they are the same. That these power elites do not intend to share political and economic power, do not intend to solve the long-standing social problems that bring forth these armed conflicts and are not, by themselves, inclusive. So the opportunity that I see is to overturn the whole concept – instead of power elites determining the fate of the people, to let the people themselves determine their fate. In such a way, we do not replace one tyranny with another tyranny. This is the opportunity that I see.

  9. The opportunity balances between my goal in life to help others and my need and interest in making money. Can i make money from helping others and how? If someone who needs my help for free, do I help? At the individual level, the answer is always yes to the latter due to the wider definition of wealth I believe in. My focus for the rest of the time developing and growing businesses that help others.

    It is this kind of opportunity-thinking that leads me to start the 50-50 group (50 years old defining and planing their next 50 years.)

  10. Even in the most trivial circumstances of everyday life, opportunities can be found. I have been looking for a reflexology practitioner in my city for a long time, willing to listen to his patient and to trust his feelings. This summer, I had the great joy of taking my granddaughters on vacation. Shortly before the end of the trip, I broke my hand and did not immediately see a doctor. Back home, I was handicapped for certain things and went to a pedicure that I was recommended. I came back with the address of a reflexologist of the city who does not advertise and whose clientele is recruited by word of mouth: it is absolutely fantastic and the work I needed is now in the process to be realized.


    Mêmes dans les circonstances les plus triviales de la vie quotidienne, on peut trouver des opportunités. Je cherche depuis longtemps dans ma ville un-e praticien-ne de la réflexologie qui accepte d’écouter son patient et de faire confiance à son ressenti. Cet été, j’ai eu la grande joie d’emmener mes petites-filles en vacances. Peu avant la fin du séjour, je me suis fracturé une main et je n’ai pas tout de suite pu voir un médecin. De retour chez moi, j’étais handicapée pour certaines choses et je suis allée chez une pédicure qu’on m’avait recommandée. J’en suis revenue avec l’adresse d’une réflexologue de la ville qui ne fait pas de publicité et dont la clientèle se recrute par le bouche à oreille : elle est absolument fantastique et le travail dont j’avais besoin est maintenant en train de se réaliser.

  11. What I have found recently is that sometimes if I am in a stressful situation (CVS) I need a trigger to switch into BVS thinking. I have found saying the words “Stop, what is the opportunity here?” Provides that trigger to transition out of catastrophe mindset and switch to creative mode.

  12. The opportunity here (now) is to create a pause and review a situation before barrelling forwards with the impetus of the moment, to analyse before reacting to a each crisis reflexively and look for the possibility of an upward shift arising from an alternative interpretation. A favourite interpersonal example comes from The Dalai Lama. He says that having to deal with a difficult person is an opportunity to learn better patience and compassion. There seems to be overlap here with the “Thinking Fast and Slow” concept of Daniel Kahneman. Looking for the opportunity is analagous to his “thinking slow”.

  13. I took some time to explore Daniel Kahneman’s notion of ‘memory vs experience’. Interesting ideas! Thanks JohnR. Back to thinking about the question at hand: ‘what is the opportunity here’? I think the statement ‘in every crisis lies the seed of opportunity’ may have changed my current view of the situation. My CVS if you like. Currently trying to look at needs which may uncover opportunities. We seem to be confronted by needs on many fronts:
    1 the need for energy which is reliable and affordable, and which doesn’t damage our planet at the same time and
    2 the need for a sustainable food source to feed the world’s population and
    3 the need to invest [ie. add value] in a disrupted economy.

  14. Often there is too much to do or competing demands. It’s an opportunity to focus on what’s really important – not just getting things done. Bringing focus hopefully means that effort is directed to the end goal and not just the intermediate tasks which (e.g.) could or should be jettisoned if they’re not actually helping getting to the goal

  15. the opportunity for me is to completely re think how we approach delivering service to our customer – happier customers, better efficiency and happier teams

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