"In your heart of hearts... will it work?"
Some time ago I was in a meeting that was rife with opinions regarding a project, including technical discussion and thoughts on whether the project would get off the ground.
As the meeting was breaking up, a leader looked at the project owner and simply asked, "In your heart of hearts, will it work?".
I thought it was a brilliant question!
For those of you not familiar with the term "In your heart of hearts", it is an idiom that refers to knowing something for certain very deep inside yourself, although you might not want to admit it... sometimes not even to yourself.
The question has nothing to do with technical specifications, resource management or operating mechanisms, but something far more fundamental and core to building something sustainable...
TRUST, HONESTY, RELIABILITY, and the ability to get at an answer to help make a better decision.
Most of us are trustworthy, honest and reliable, but every so often we find ourselves with something that we believe in so much, have wor