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The Smart Solution Book by Mr. David Cotton

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Tool 11

Life through a lens

What the tool is

Each of us sees life from our own perspective. This simple technique asks you to consider how someone from a different profession would view your problem and how they would begin to resolve it. Seeing a problem through a different lens can give us insights that we would not gain easily from our own perspective.

When to use it

  • When no obvious solution presents itself.
  • When your possible solution seems too obvious and you want to see it from new perspectives.

What you will need

  • Paper and pens.
  • A large room, if you plan to work with smaller, breakout groups.

How to use it

State your problem. Ask yourself or others, if working collaboratively, how would a(n) X begin to solve it? X may be, ...

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