What works is a desperate question. Or it often is. It can be a legitimate question, of course, the valid inquiry of a leader who seeks new ideas to meet challenging needs.
But often it is the question of a desperate leader who has tried everything he knows to do and he’s run out of ideas but not out of needs. What he’s run out of is leadership. He doesn’t know what to do, but he has to do something. So he asks, his friends, “What works?” He goes to conferences asking, “What works? He reads books and watches videos and listens to podcasts asking what works? Finally he settles on something because he has to. Frequently it’s a copycat effort, taking a great idea from one place—a very successful place—and importing it into his place. That doesn’t work.
Of course it doesn’t work. How could it?