Making an Informed Choice

Whatever goal you have, whatever ambition it is that you possess, every choice you make will either take you closer or further away from reaching the outcome you desire.

You are in control of the choices you make.

When it comes to dealing with all the different circumstances life throws at us, it is easy to see how many choices we really have to make. Should I put gas in the car before work? Should I rent this apartment? Should I ask her to marry me? The most important thing to realize about making a choice is understanding that every choice does have an outcome. Whether that outcome is one you’ve been aspiring for, or a situation that is less than pleasant to deal with, is entirely in your hands.

We’ve been talking about the topic of interviewing recently, and when it comes down to it, an interview is merely a tool used to obtain information to make a well-informed choice. It is all about having the knowledge available to make a decision that will further your progress rather than hinder it.

So if interviewing is really just the process of asking questions in order to find out information then you just need to know one word to assist you: why?

Sakichi Toyoda, the founder of Toyota, was indeed a wise man. Whenever a problem or situation needing to be addressed came about, he had a basic and effective root-cause-analysis system that he used. By asking “Why?” when something failed, he could continually ask that same question until a root cause was determined. He encouraged employees to ask, “Why?” not once, but five times. The question “Why?” is one you can consistently use to dive deeper into your information search. Who would’ve thought such a little word could have such a big significance when it comes to problem analysis? Sometimes the most simple solution can be the most effective one.

When you know the root of a problem or issue, you then have the knowledge to make an informed choice toward solving it. When it comes to making a choice, the more knowledge you possess the better. Remember, knowledge is power, especially at Incept.

Try using the “Five-Whys” technique. How does it work for you?

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