Asking Why?

“All highly competent people continually search for ways to keep learning, growing, and improving. They do that by asking WHY. After all, the person who knows HOW will always have a job, but the person who knows WHY will always be the boss.” Benjamin Franklin

Aldridge Kerr strongly believes in the impact of asking the question “Why?” This is especially relevant as many organizations have experienced change and disruption in 2020 and 2021. Asking “why?” encourages organizations and its leaders to:

  • Question the status quo
  • Assess the root of the problem
  • Explore a refresh 
  • Address “that is how we have always done it”
  • Open the door to new opportunities
  • Allow for needed change

Here are some examples of questions to ask that explore


  • Do you perform a task in a specific way?
  • Is that task performed by that person(s)?
  • Is a certain Employee consistently late …. to work, in completing tasks?
  • Is change so difficult in your organization? 
  • Do certain departments not work well together?
  • Do some departments excel and others struggle?
  • Are Customers happy …. or unhappy?
  • Are Leaders unsure what Staff are doing?
  • Has the last two years had such a big impact on your organization… or why has it not shown much impact?

Asking the “why?” questions increase understanding, identify weaknesses and strengths, challenge existing stereotypes and status quo, open the door to “what if?”

Aldridge Kerr are Experts at facilitating an assessment on asking the right “why?” questions that will identify opportunities for resilience, sustainability, and growth. Let us help.