When you ask ordinary questions you get ordinary answers that bring to ordinary decisions.
However, this article is devoted to unusual questions, the questions that bring to new offbeat results.
Let’s begin with an event that inspired me to use the Clean Setup instrument. Once I heard at the beginning of some lecture: When the lecture will be just the way you would like it to be, it be like what?
I thought: “How come that a lecture can be just the way I would like it to be? And just for me personally?” I laughed to myself, but thought it over and started drawing an egoistic picture of that most successful outcome of the course of events.
Next, they asked us: When the lecture will be just the way you would like it to be, you will be like what?
“All right then, — I murmured, — I will be like a hiker with a rucksack in which some useful new working instruments get stored along the way. So what?”
Another question: What will you and other people see and/or hear when the lecture will be just the way you would like it to be?
“Just like that? In real life? They won’t see a hiker =) But what will they see? Well, … inspiration. I might want to share my discoveries with people around me. It would be cool to make a list of useful activities, sort ot, similar to those instruments in the rucksack.”
The final question showed the magic of this exercise in its pure beauty: What kind of resources and support do you need in order to be like the metaphor you’ve just created?
“Wow! What a turning! They mean they are ready to help me be like that hiker?” — I wondered. It took me another few minutes to realize one more truth: “Isn’t it me who could take on the responsibility and do my best to be like that hiker, and collect all the necessary working instruments into my rucksack?”
Before long, I found myself putting my thoughts down on the paper provided by the organizers: “To begin with, I should figure out what kind of working rucksack I want to fill in. So what is the subject of the lecture? Something about client management. It would be great to settle a couple of clients in my project. That means, I could apply all the knowledge they are going to provide during the lecture to my situation right away, work it out, and put questions to the lecturers. And if, at the end of the lecture, I could come up with a number of steps that would help me solve my problems, it would be so cool!”
It goes without saying that I haven’t taken any more useful lecture in my life. It wasn’t because the material provided was somehow special, or the lecturers showed the best expertise in their field. The matter was, I took on the responsibility, created the “best possible way” projection and put my effort into reaching the image of that lecture in the “way I would like it to be” (ideal in my personal view). What helped me do so were the magical questions at the beginning.
These magical questions are called Clean Setup. You can utter or put down the answers to them on your own or together with the team/colleagues. You can do this exercise before a meeting with colleagues, at the beginning of a lecture/seminar/training/workshop, etc., before an important talk or event, before a vacation or business trip — anywhere, so to say, when you need an outcome just the way you would like it to be.
The Clean Setup questions
When this (lecture, meeting, training, seminar, day etc.) will be just the way you would like it to be:
- It will be like what?
- You will be like what?
- What will the others see or hear?
- What will you see or hear?
And the final question: What kind of resources and support do you need in order to be like the metaphor you’ve just created?
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