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  Posted by Dan Steer dansteer  Just another WordPress.com site My 21 favourite good SWOT questions FEB 5 The first step to doing SWOT well is asking good questions. Don’t know what questions to ask? Readthis post.SWOT (hp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWOT_analysis) is a great and simple tool for analysing yourcurrent position in order to define strategic action. In this post, I first outline the meaning of strategicaction and then list 21 of my favourite SWOT (hp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWOT_analysis)questions to help you with your own SWOT analysis.  Creating strategic action starts with knowing your position According to Sun Tzu (hp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Tzu), the Chinese military general whopenned “The Art of War (hp://www.sunusaid.com)”, understanding your current position is thekey to creating good strategy. According to Stephen R Covey (hp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Covey) in “The 7 habits of highly effective people (hp://www.amazon.com/Habits-Highly-Effective-People/dp/0671708635)”, if you don’t begin with the end in mind(hps://www.stephencovey.com/7habits/7habits-habit2.php) (define a clear mission) it is not possibleto understand your current position and therefore not possible to put first things first(hps://www.stephencovey.com/7habits/7habits-habit3.php) and create strategic action andpriority-based action. Linking these ideas to the usage of SWOT (hp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWOT_analysis), we can say that you cannot know your strengths (for example) unless theyare measured in relationship to some goal, mission or objective. When asking “How strong am I?” wemust first ask “For what?”So – if you want to use the following SWOT (hp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWOT_analysis)questionsto analyse your position, start by defining your mission well. If you’ve already done that, read onand answer each of these questions, thinking of your mission statement at each moment…  Strengths What makes you beer than others (for this mission)?What actions do you do well? My 21 favourite good SWOT questions | dansteerhttp://dansteer.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/my-21-favourite-good-swot...1 of 608-11-2014 07:24 AM  What are your competences? What knowledge, skills and aitude do you have that can help you?What do other  people say you do well?Why should you of all people undertake this mission?  Weaknesses What could you improve in order to achieve this mission?In what ways are you not efficient?What don’t you do well?Where are you incompetent? What knowledge, skills and aitude are you missing?What should you avoid doing?Why shouldn’t you undertake this mission?  Opportunities What real opportunities are present today?What is going on around you that seems to be useful?From which recurring tendencies can you profit and how?What could be done today that isn’t being done?What is missing on the market?Who can support you and how?  Threats What are the negative tendencies in play today?What obstacles do you face in your mission right now?Who might cause you problems in the future and how?What is the competition doing that might cause difficulties for you? Not enough? Read my other post: 6 more cool SWOT questions to identify opportunities(hp://dansteer.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/6-more-cool-swot-questions-to-identify-opportunities) When I do a SWOT (hp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWOT_analysis), I like to take a lile time alone toget started, but then try nonetheless to include others later on (my wife, peers, a team I am workingwith). Here are 2 more references to help you do a great SWOT:Remember the Johari window (hp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johari_window): Other people mayhave insights on you and your environment that you don’t.10 ideas to make the best of SWOT analysis (hp://dansteer.wordpress.com/2011/03/22/10-ideas-to-make-the-best-of-swot-analysis)  My 21 favourite good SWOT questions | dansteerhttp://dansteer.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/my-21-favourite-good-swot...2 of 608-11-2014 07:24 AM  Once the initial SWOT (hp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWOT_analysis)is done, it’s time to startthinking about actions, solutions, priorities etc…..want a simple idea? Check out my post on “2 questions that seem to set me free(hp://dansteer.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/2-questions-that-seem-to-set-me-free)” or read about“Creating Strategic Action in 4 Steps (hp://dansteer.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/creating-strategic-action-exercise)“  Follow me on www.twier.com/dan_steer  (hp://www.twier.com/dan_steer)  for more learning anddevelopment resources.Subscribe to this blog on with your email address (top/right)Share with others!    About Dan Steer  Wandering corporate trainer, learning and development consultant, conference speaker and professionalEl-Magico. I help people get beer at stuff by creating and facilitating Infinite Learning © opportunities. Theworld would be a beer place if everyone was doing what he loved and doing it well. I am working to bring outthe El Magico in everybody. Training in presentation and communication skills, leadership, social media forlearning and marketing, learning and development management + personal effectiveness. View all posts by Dan Steer » Posted on February 5, 2011, in Leadership, Resources, Self-Effectiveness and tagged good swotquestions, questions to ask when doing swot, strategic action, SWOT, swot analysis. Bookmark thepermalink. 25 Comments. Leave a commentTrackbacks 7 My 21 favourite good SWOT questions | dansteerhttp://dansteer.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/my-21-favourite-good-swot...3 of 608-11-2014 07:24 AM  Comments 18 san diego photo booth  | December 31, 2012 at 4:17 pmGreetings from Carolina! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to browse your website on myiphone during lunch break. I love the knowledge you present here and can’t wait to take a lookwhen I get home.I’m shocked at how fast your blog loaded on my phone .. I’m not even usingWIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, wonderful blog! Dan Steer   | January 2, 2013 at 9:43 amThanks San Diego Photo Booth I’m glad you found something useful. You can also check out these other pages on SWOT:dansteer.wordpress.com/2011/03/22/10-ideas-to-make-the-best-of-swot-analysishp://dansteer.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/6-more-cool-swot-questions-to-identify-opportunities..and my post about Creating Strategic Action in 4 Steps:hp://dansteer.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/creating-strategic-action-exerciseHappy reading!D Immigration Lawyer Dover   | March 27, 2013 at 10:31 amHave you ever thought about writing an e-book or guest authoring on other websites?I have a blog centered on the same topics you discuss and would love to have you share somestories/information.I know my readers would appreciate your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free toshoot me an email. Dan Steer   | April 1, 2013 at 7:18 pmWhen I click on your link, I go to a site about a band/record. I wonder what this has to do withmy blog and wonder if this comment is spam.If you really want me to guest blog for you, please find and contact me via Twier.Thanks and sorry if my suspicion is ill-founded PBU Dental Plans  | April 10, 2013 at 4:20 amHello there, You have done an incredible job. I’ll definitely digg it and personally suggest to myfriends. I am sure they will be benefited from this site. Dan Steer   | April 10, 2013 at 8:54 amThank you Greg for this very positive comment.I really appreciate it.Don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already ..just pop your email address in (top/right).:-):-) My 21 favourite good SWOT questions | dansteerhttp://dansteer.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/my-21-favourite-good-swot...4 of 608-11-2014 07:24 AM
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