“If the answer isn’t obvious, try asking the question from a different perspective!” – #Futurist Jim Carroll
People get stuck on the problem, and don’t know how to find a way often. Often this will be because they can’t find the answer to the question they are asking about the problem. So ask a different question! Change your perspective! Look at the problem from a different angle! This all has to do with being in an idea rut. I had an idea rut while writing this post! So I went out and found an old blog post I wrote that fit the theme perfectly. Here’s what it said: —— What are some other things you should do? Consider this list!
1. Don’t think small – be daring.
2. Hire people you don’t like. Otherwise, you have a team that is all the same.
3. Stop searching for common ground. Too many people try to accommodate every viewpoint. It’s often a waste of time.
4. Seek the consensus – do the opposite. In fact, to avoid groupthink, see what the group is thinking, and do the opposite thing!
5. Kill the committee. They kill ideas. They stifle creativity. They smother opportunity. They are a blight on the concept of creativity.
6. Find the danger zone – pursue it.
7. Look outside. The answer to your dilemma probably isn’t where you think it is. You won’t find it with the ‘usual suspects.’ It’s hidden, mysterious, out on the edges.
8. Get over yourself. You might not be that bright. No one is. Listen to other people — particularly those who don’t think like you do.
9. Banish excuses. The world is fast. Get over it. You need to do, not find reasons not to do.
10. Ride the friction. Teams that are in alignment work ok. Angry teams make better teams.
11. Get momentum. Pick up the speed. Kill the calendar. Set bold goals. Get it done yesterday.
12. Stop motivating – start leading. Make the decisions that others are not able to!