Practice

Scenario: you are asked by your boss to order the food for your annual company picnic. She anticipates that 70 coworkers will attend. Last year, 65 people were at the picnic and they consumed 50 hamburgers and 40 hot dogs. You know there will be a problem if you order too much or too little food. How can you troubleshoot these problems?

Answer

Answers will vary, but yours might include:

How to avoid it: send out questionnaire asking people to say what they will eat

How to solve it: pack leftovers in ice-filled coolers, freeze, and have another "picnic" in the office a few weeks later

How to avoid it: send out questionnaire asking people to say what they will eat

How to solve it: call pizzeria on cell phone from picnic and place order for delivery

How to avoid it: send out questionnaire asking people to say what they will eat

How to solve it: pack leftovers in ice-filled coolers, freeze, and have another "picnic" in the office a few weeks later

How to avoid it: send out questionnaire asking people to say what they will eat

How to solve it: call pizzeria on cell phone from picnic and place order for delivery

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Friendly Persuasion

To do this successfully you need to build a clear path of action by using tools if necessary. These tools would be facts, evidence and stories which you know they can relate to. Plus you always want to have their best interests at heart, in other words, you know what is good for them

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