“But, how could I possibly know, a year in the future, what my team members will do?” Melanie asked. “I don’t even know what I am going to do a year from now.”
“That’s an interesting question,” I replied. “What questions could you ask? Think about the two supervisors you just lost, who graduated from night school. What questions could you have asked?”
“Well, I could have asked them if they were going to night school.”
I smiled. “You already told me you knew they were going to night school, so somehow you managed to ask that question. Think deeper. Think further into the future.”
Melanie’s mind began to crank. “I could have asked them what they were studying. I could have asked why that interested them. What they hoped would happen as a result of going to school.”
“And if you had known the answers to those questions?” I prompted.
“I guess I would have found out if what they wanted was something they could find here, in our company.”
“But you didn’t get that chance, did you?” -Tom