How to Avoid Lazy Thinking

“You say you want your team to think harder and stop just doing exactly what you say. But every time they have a question, you just answer it. Or worse, you give them a wrist slap for bringing you a new idea.”

Not all ways of thinking are created equal.

Wes Kao breaks down how to employ rigorous thinking instead of lazy thinking by pushing yourself and your team to dig deeper into a problem before presenting or landing on a solution.

She suggests a number of specific questions designed to prompt rigorous thinking including to ask what would success look like, what’s the hard part, and what constraints you’re working within.

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