Effectual Reasoning

You bake with the flour you have.

  • Danish folk saying

A way to examine where you are to decide where you want to go next. Means-based thinking over ends-based thinking. Instead of asking yourself "where do I want to go, and how can I bridge the gap?", instead think of "based on where I am now, where can I go from here?"

By definition, whatever you have is exactly what you need to produce your best work.

Taking an Effectual Reasoning Inventory

Who Are You

Who do you know

What do you know

Effectual Reasoning Exercise

  1. Determine Vague Goal
  2. Identify Means via the effectual reasoning inventory
  3. Imagine Clearly Defined Ends
  4. Prioritize
  5. Manage risk
  6. Ready, Fire, Aim

Further Reading