Innovators Ask Good Questions
You've got to ask good questions. You know what, the quality of the solutions you find are directly proportionate to the quality of the questions that you ask. What kind of questions do you need to be asking to really determine where are we? A good way to go at this is to take a SWOT analysis. S. W. O. T.
What are our strengths? What are the current strengths of this ministry, of this class, of this program, of this outreach, of this strategy? What are the current strengths of this software, of this social network, of this platform, of this program? What are the weaknesses? Let's ask some questions. What's not going real well? What are the opportunities that exist on Wednesday nights? What are the opportunities that exist on Saturday nights? What are the opportunities for the summer? What are the opportunities during this vacation time? What are the opportunities that exist at home? What are the opportunities that exist when those kids are in our doors? What about threats? What are the threats to this ministry? What are the threats to this group of people? What are the threats to this volunteer group? What are the threats to this program? What are threats to this system that we have in place? Why do you need to know your threat? You need to know your threats because when you really understand your threats, you become proactive at addressing those threats and putting the right systems and structures in place.
So ask good questions. If you're going to innovate, you don't want to innovate just to innovate. You need to really wrestle through some things. What needs innovation? What needs to change? What needs improved? What's working well? Innovators ask good questions!
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