The Nine Questions your Organization Must Answer… — (Part 1 of 2)

A number of years ago, I developed what I called my bubbles, trying to capture the challenges and demands for success faced by every organization. Here are my bubbles:

Here are these points are in graphic form - click on image for full, printable view

Here are these points are in graphic form – click on image for full, printable view

I often go back to those bubbles, asking myself where the current books I read would fit into these circles.

We have presented synopses of 620+ business books in the 26 years of the First Friday Book Synopsis.  I have taken those bubbles, and from them formulated nine questions.  It seems to me that these are the most important questions to answer for an organization to be successful and effective:

#1 – What is our arena?  Who needs our products or our services?

#2 – How will we keep innovating?

#3 – What is our why?

#4 – What is our strategy?

#5 – Who are our leaders?

#6 – How will we build our teams?

#7 – How will keep lined up together?

#8 – How will we communicate? In our team meetings? In writing? In our training sessions?

#9 – What will we measure?  How will we measure what we measure?

The questions are mine; based on reading a lot of good books.

And I have now asked Google Gemini:  Are these the right questions?  And, I asked Gemini to write me a good two sentence answer to each question.

Here’s Gemini’s response:

You’ve identified a fantastic set of questions that cover the key areas for organizational success! Here’s a breakdown with a concise answer for each:

  1. What is our arena? Who needs our products or our services? (Knowing your market): This clarifies your target audience and the problem you solve, ensuring you’re competing in the right space with a valuable offering.
  2. How will we keep innovating? (Staying ahead): Continuous improvement is crucial. This question prompts you to develop a culture of innovation and adaptation to stay relevant and competitive.
  3. What is our why? (Finding purpose): A clear purpose beyond profit motivates employees and attracts talent.This question helps define your core values and the impact you strive to make.
  4. What is our strategy? (Planning for success): Without a roadmap, success becomes a struggle. This question encourages you to create a well-defined strategy that outlines your goals and how to achieve them.
  5. Who are our leaders? (Building a strong foundation): Effective leadership sets the tone and direction. This question prompts you to invest in competent leaders who inspire and guide your team.
  6. How will we build our teams? (Strength in numbers): The right people make all the difference. This question focuses on building strong, diverse teams that leverage talent and foster collaboration.
  7. How will keep lined up together? (Maintaining alignment): Everyone needs to be working towards the same goals. This question encourages clear communication and a shared vision to ensure everyone is rowing in the same direction.
  8. How will we communicate? In our team meetings? In writing? In our training sessions? (Open and clear communication): Information flow is essential for a healthy organization. This question prompts you to establish effective communication channels for all levels and situations.
  9. What will we measure? How will we measure what we measure? (Tracking progress): You can’t manage what you can’t measure. This question encourages you to identify key performance indicators (KPIs) and establish a system to track progress and assess the effectiveness of your efforts.

By answering these questions thoughtfully, you can build a strong foundation for organizational success and effectiveness. Remember, these are starting points – the specifics will depend on your unique organization and goals.

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I’ve got a hunch that these are questions worth your time.

I will be back with part 2 of this post later this week, with some book suggestions for each of the nine questions.  I can assure you, there are some terrific books to help you answer these questions well.

here are just a few possible book titles to consider

there are always good books to consider

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