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How to take the ‘outside view’

How to take the ‘outside view’

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Shifting Perspective In Problem Solving

Sometimes, considering new options can be challenging when we have already developed some ideas while solving problems.

Some ways are helpful to improve flexibility & uncover what's missing

  1. Point of view analysis
  2. Assumption reversal
  3. Constraint release

Point of View Analysis

An effective approach to shift your current frame of mind to promote creativity.

  1. Form empathy
  2. Put yourself in another person's shoes
  • Think your business from the eyes of your competitor
  • Think about how ...

Assumption Reversal

Another way to boost creativity in problem solving.

Challenge long-held thoughts to have fresh perspective.

  1. List all explicit & implicit assumptions
  2. Walk through each assumption one by one
  3. Pressure test on them

Constraint Release

Similar to assumption reversal, fresh ideas may be uncovered by releasing thoughts constraining our solution space.

Acknowledging you donot have specific restrictions up front in the process allows you to go deeper in solution development.

  1. Write down all constraints
  2. Cons...

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