Visualize the Q&A Path

Visualize the Q&A Path

Seven Dimensions
Updated Jul 19, 2024
Course Description

Colin McLaren, former homicide investigator, emphasizes the importance of visualizing and methodically charting the investigative path to solving a problem. 


Course Overview 

Colin McLaren, former homicide taskforce leader, tells Eve Ash that when investigating an issue, a good workplace manager tries to visualize the problem. They need to prepare their questions methodically and well (it could be as many as 70 questions!) and see in their mind’s eye where the questions will be travelling. It takes practice, but eventually interviewers learn to realize several questions ahead what responses are going to be. 


Key Learning Points 

Colin McLaren says a good workplace investigator: 

  • Visualizes the problem 

  • Sees the Q&A path in their mind’s eye 

  • Builds subtly to a goal 

  • Takes little baby steps to get to the truth 

  • Prepares research well 


Interviewer: Eve Ash 

Interviewee: Colin McLaren