Life is such a wonderful thing if we pay attention. Consider this for one minute, most of the answers we seek are right in front of us, all we have to do is pay attention. It seems to me that we're actually born with an inherent ability to solve problems. How many times have you been annoyed when your kid or any kid continually asks why, why, why, why, why?  Rings a bell right? Sakichi Toyoda an industrialist, inventor, and founder of Toyota Motors Industries actually listened and then developed the 5y technique. This technique is described as simple, powerful and very effective.

Step 1 - Write down the problem?

Step 2 - Ask why 5 times and you will get to the root of the problem.

So the next time you hear a kid asking why? why? why? why? why? make sure you thank them. The chart below from mindtools.com makes so much sense.

5 Whys