Monday, February 18, 2013

5 Whys

When I was about 6 or 7, My parents encouraged me to do some recital/mono act of some famous scenes from movies about powerful personalities from history. "Veera Pandia KattaBomman" one of the first kings in India refusing to accept British rule and "Socrates"

While I remember the Dialoges from Kattabomman, I able to recollect only the first line from Socrates -

It was something like "Yen?, etharku? endru kel" - Meaning "Ask why and what for"

Such a powerful dialog!! The first step twowards knowledge and wisdom is to ask Why.

Sakichi Toyoda took asking why to a new level. He suggests that when you want to understand a problem or trying to find the root cause, don't just ask Why once, ask it five times.

More on 5 Whys here.

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