Chapter 11. Becoming a Frame Artist—How to Master Clarity of Perspective

 

Not he is great who can alter matter, but he who can alter [his] state of mind.

 
 --Ralph Waldo Emerson[1]

In order to reach clarity faster and easier, it is important to learn to be a frame artist—routinely shift perspectives on a decision before you make it. Always assume that you are framed, and look for framing factors. Be able to easily generate alternative frames and shift your decision perspective a number of times until you find the right way to look at the decision.

This chapter covers six techniques that will help you generate new perspectives until you find a clear winner.

Technique 1: Constraints Relaxation

 

The problem is that we attempt to solve the simplest questions ...

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