Did it Work?

WITS Leaders always remember to think about their actions, asking themselves “Did it work?”

Why?

Asking “Did it work?” can help us figure out the consequences of our actions — that is, how did the chosen action affect the problem we were trying to solve? Asking “Did it work?” can help us understand if our actions have helped to solve a problem or if we need to take further action.

How?

But how do we know if what we did worked? Here are some tips to help you become really good at asking yourself “Did it work?”

  • Make a list of clues that would tell you if your action worked – This way, when you observe these clues happening, you’ll know your action worked! Clues might be that everyone is happy, the problem seems to have stopped and isn’t happening again or that everyone involved feels safe. Can you think of others? Make a list for the problem you are trying to solve.
  • Make a list of clues that would tell you if your action did not work – This way, when you see these clues happening, you’ll know that something else needs to be done in order to solve the problem. Clues might be that the problem seems to continue or that the people involved feel angry or afraid. Can you think of others? Make a list for the problem you are trying to solve.

Now you really know how to think about your actions, asking yourself “Did it work?” You’re well on your way to becoming a WITS Leader! Ready to learn the next LEADerS strategy? Click on the S below!