To grasp the core of a problem under pressure can be difficult and lead to faulty decisions.
We all have days where everything is an emergency, on fire, and top priority. When we react impulsively in these chaotic moments it’s expensive financially and emotionally—often because we’re so shortsighted that we forget to look for the root cause of a problem or situation. One distinction between reacting and responding is time: time to think, plan, and consider a variety of scenarios before we respond. We can activate responsiveness and get to the bottom of a complicated problem in a short period of time using a method called the 5 Whys.
5 Whys is a problem solving technique where repetitive questions are asked to find out the root cause of the problem. It is a simple way to demonstrate analytical skills and streamline your decision making.
Here’s a sample using a fishbone diagram using this model.
Think of a problem you’re experiencing at work, or at home. Write the problem statement and then create a fishbone diagram to graphically analyze the problem with the 5 Whys.
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