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Seven questions I use to get unstuck

My first book in 2005 (the most complicated book in the world) was all about this 

Seven questions I use to get unstuck

It’s a month of pithy newsletter articles, with me sharing questions you might find interesting and perhaps helpful. (In case it wasn’t obvious, I love a good question.)

Last week I mentioned ?What If!, the innovation company that I worked with for a while. Part of what I got good at was brainstorm-y questions to generate possibilities.

That proved helpful in being part of the team that invented Loch Dhu for Diageo, a single malt whiskey considered one of the worst single malts ever made. (You’re welcome.)

It also proved helpful when I moved into the world of self-growth and learning and questing and growing and evolving, and so on.

The principles are the same.

Stuck is often when you think you have just one way forward … and you don’t like that way.

Unstuck is when you can see other possibilities.

Here are my go-to questions. The invitation is to pick one and try it. Get a challenge in mind … and ask away.

(And they all benefit from “and what else?” after your first and subsequent answers because your first answer is not your best or only idea.)

Go on. Who knows what ideas will show up for you!

What can I do?

What can I stop doing?

What’s the fast thing to do?

What’s the easiest thing to do?

What’s the brave thing to do?

What’s the Over The Top thing to do?

What do I want to do?

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.