#MonkeyFirst refers to the strategy of focusing on the biggest challenge of an innovation project. ("If you want to get a monkey to recite Shakespeare on a pedestal, you start by training the monkey, not building the pedestal.")
"Why, why, why" is a strategy for identifying the big challenges.
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Talia Milgrom-Elcott of 100Kin10 points out that we have to change the way we approach problems. "You have to keep asking 'why?' Keep asking why and you start to see connections that lead to root causes that have enormous leverage and that's where you need to focus your efforts," she says.
And that's why taking a #MonkeyFirst approach is so important. Tackling the hardest problems first forces us to ask better questions and those questions can lead to vastly different approaches. Some of these will be blind alleys that lead to nowhere, but others will be game changers and permanently shift our ability to compete.