#012 WHY NOT


Your DFQ #012:

How can you ask WHY NOT today?

Choose one of the WHY NOT questions from the lesson and post your result.

483 thoughts on “#012 WHY NOT

  1. I’m not very good at being at functions with a lot of people. I prefer to social on a one to one basis at small gatherings. So now I’m saying Why not be in a place with many people so that I can expand my capacity to interact.

  2. My why not question is about delegation. I am so used to doing my own work that I don’t naturally seek out help. Today I asked that question, Why not? It feels better asking

  3. Why not borrow an idea used by another company in their G+ design. This would help me design my G+ page where the colors & design complimented each other.

  4. Why not develop and run a series of free briefing sessions to engage our customers, and showcase our services?

  5. i was working on a gap analysis framework. i asked myself of the draft i had “why not reduce it?” i am now working to make it simpler, lighter and possibly see how to divide it in many lines as well.

  6. I have chosen to say why not change the way that we allocate tasks to delegate operational duties away from the executive head and encourage junior managers to take on problems and deal with them to completion.

  7. Why not ask someone else for their opinion? In the process of designing a database, rather than doing what I’ve always done, I can ask somebody in another team how they record their information.

  8. Why not use an alternative (approach, person, method, attitude)?

    This might probably lead to a BVS since i have relied on one idea all along, never thinking about looking elsewhere for a BVS

  9. Why not I take full responsibility of my thoughts and change x10 bvs and then target achieving blissfully happy life

  10. In the middle of “why notting” a new website design and an own label product range. Decided yesterday on pretty much this basis. Are you reading my mind?

  11. Why not use an alternative approach to who we target to sell to? Why not modify our offering to fit this alternative market?

  12. Why not ask someone else’s opinion but why not avoid coming to an opinion yourself before doing so. That way you will not get caught up defending your own opinion

  13. Why not do this job enquiries differently by offering to work for the experience. This would create an opportunuity to build a skill, and be in a position to genuinley be of value to any firm.

  14. Why not expand it (longer, bigger, duplicate, exaggerate)?

    Why not expand the way I am used to thinking so that I come up with a more focused way of dealing with matters than the way I am accustomed, especially after getting a glipse that it is possible to expand one’s thinking capabilities.

  15. 10. Why not borrow an idea (combining, adapting, experimenting)?

    David Ogilvu was a great brand advertiser. Why not borrow one of his ideas, combine it with what I am selling, adapt it, and test it online? I have more to gain than to lose.

  16. 4. Why not ask someonelse for their opinion?

    Why try and learn this task from scratch. Find a person willing to pass on their knowledge and see if they experienced the same problems or opportunities I am presented with. If they don’t provide their opinion, I can simply strike them off the list and ask the next person.

  17. Why not eliminate this task?
    Why not do this differently?

    Go through all the tasks which I do on a daily, weekly, monthly basis and select those which can be eliminated or streamlined or delegated.

  18. Why not look at previous week metrics to understand projects performance ?
    Why not read a bit more and understand the problems ?
    Why not just do this update and see what it looks like rather than wait for all people to be available and give all the information ?

  19. One of the biggest complaints we receive in our clinic is that we are spending too much time interacting with electronic medical records and not enough time interacting with patients. I often ask myself why not have a scribe in during my visits with patients. Scribes can enter data into the EMR while I am interacting with patients. When a patient has my undivided attention they feel much better cared for and more likely to comply with their treatment plan. I am sure this would make for much better documentation and happier patients.I will be happier too as I don’t have to divide my attention between the patient and entering data in the EMR. More accurate chart notes, happier patients, and happier physicians. Win, win, and win.

  20. Why not eliminate this task?
    Sometimes, I have a choice as how,when and where i can get certain tasks done ,and also I can roughly measure a degree of importance that each task has, then I just work on a “must do”task that requires considerable time and focus . That would improve and provide value everyday .

  21. Why not think more and work less?

    I mean this not in a standard “plan before you act” sense, but instead as spending more time thinking laterally to assess if there is an x10 opportunity. While there may not always be an x10 opportunity, identifying a single x10 opportunity will likely pay much greater dividends than the time spent (“lost”) thinking about the tasks that weren’t substantially altered. This will also help develop your thinking to more quickly identify x10 opportunities.

  22. Recently my team and I have been asking ourselves why not a lot! Why not do this part differently? Why not use an alternative algorithm for another part? Why not is great especially since it gets you thinking. But I find there is an optimal situation here. I find sometimes you can keep asking too many questions and not getting along with implementing the alternative.

  23. Why not work outside the parameters set by the parties. In my work in conflict prevention, the parameters, the parties, the methods are usually determined by the negotiating parties. I have been asking why not a lot lately. So I will now ask why not. In the old CVS, peace was to be attained by political and security elites coming to an agreement and then they implement these agreements to favor or benefit the people and their communities. Why not do the reverse? Why not go directly to the people and communities are ask them what they want and they demand. Let the people directly negotiate with the government and the liberation groups. This opens an interesting field of direct negotiations with the people.

  24. My favourite question: Why not do this differently?

    It opens the mind to what is possible, away from the way things have always been done (a thought killer if there is one.) You can look at everything you do and aks that question, constantly, even when you think you’re doing something right. It is the core of innovation, both for products and services. When I forget it, it leads to average results.

    Right now, this question is crucial.

    Our business is growing slowly, surely but not fast enough. We have to think away from doing more of the same, which would lead to growth but will not change the game much, and start thinking bigger. One way would be to go global, truly global, and change the game for our competitors as well as the regulators.

    This will come from this simple question: Why not do this differently?

  25. Why do not you see me differently? or, another version: why am I still here to always sing the same old songs?
    Why not change your city?

    Basic and at the same time very serious questions …


    Pourquoi ne pas me voir moi-même différemment ? ou, autre version : pourquoi suis-je encore ici à me chanter toujours les mêmes vieilles chansons ?
    Pourquoi ne pas changer de ville ?

    Questions basiques et en même temps très sérieuses…

  26. Why not…
    We have a data warehouse that contains a mirror of all of our major application software, updated nightly. There is a query engine that was designed to address the warehouse and provide a multitude of reports. Some of its more complex costing algorithms have been questioned. However core analyses are likely to be sound. I have held off using the report engine because of its perceived inaccuracy, but many of my constituency need figures, numbers, reports. This has generated a state of minor paralysis (in me). Why not work to become the local expert on the reporting engine and validate my reports against external comparators?

  27. Genealogy research, or family history research, is very ‘messy’. It seems to be a matter of trail & error. Data sources are incomplete & sometimes even inaccurate. Data ‘silos’ are unconnected. How does one discover insights in such an environment? I am trying to ask ‘why not’ questions as I start researching my family history.

    Sounds familiar? The ‘data problem’ confronting genealogists may be a common business problem in today’s world. There may be a connection between genealogy and big data.

  28. yes of course, this is about test and learn. small low risk and invite failure. pretty common approach to be frank

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