The power of simple questions is astonishing. “How might we…?” is a great example. There is no jargon to confuse people, no judgment to discourage, just a straightforward question to engage your team.
In his HBR Blog post “The Secret Phrase Top Innovators Use” (Sept 17, 2012) Warren Berger noted that many successful companies have taken on difficult challenges by simply asking their team, “how might we…” improve X, re-imagine Y, or find a new way to engage Z?
“How might we…?” challenges your team to imagine, think and explore. It will likely inspire them more than the other phrases we hear in exploration/brainstorming discussions… “we’ve tried that” or “we’ve always done it this way.” So, how might you engage your team today?