Sarah’s Snippets – 6/30/2016
It was time to move some furniture around at our house to prepare for some changes in the bedrooms. Two items in our grandson’s room needed to be moved downstairs: a heavy table and chest. When first asked to help with this moving project the 8 year old resident of the room resisted, stating that the furniture was way too heavy for him. Instead of being angry, the request was re-framed into a challenge: “I’ll bet there is no way at eight years old you are strong enough to help move these things. What do you think?”
Suddenly the child seemed overcome by unimaginable strength. Not only did he help with the table, he moved the chest from his room down the hallway to the top of the stairs.
Many times adults function the same way. A problem or situation seems way too large for us to solve, so we resist. Reframing the situation with different questions and different ways to view the problem can open doors to our problem solving ability.
Just as this can be challenging for individuals, this resistant thinking can also challenge organizations and government bodies. Asking questions that create an alternative view often reveals previously unseen possibilities.
Posing questions that can open the discussion to an alternative view is an important leadership role that any member of a group can play. Three basic questions that can be utilized are:
How can this ____ be better?
What are the possibilities?
How can these possibilities become realities?