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The Smart Solution Book by Mr. David Cotton

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Tool 38

Reframing

What the tool is

Reframing is the art of rephrasing a question from a new perspective to gain new insights. It can be used, for example, to view a problem as an opportunity or a disaster as a learning experience. It is useful for putting a positive spin on something that has been viewed as negative. Even a mediocre painting may be enhanced by a nice frame.

When to use it

  • To gain new insights into a problem.
  • To inform decision making.
  • To lift the morale after something has gone wrong at work.

What you will need

  • A flipchart and marker pens.

How to use it

  • Brainstorm the most pressing concerns for your team, department or organisation.
  • State each one as a question.
  • For each in turn, invite participants to frame ...

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