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Changing Your Point of View

March 16, 2015

This month, we've been focused on your point of view.  We've challenged you to be aware of the point of view that you have and cautioned against letting your personal feelings cloud your point of view, but how do you actually change your point of view?  Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Create a list of the roles you hold in your organization and describe the point of view that role should have in upholding your company's vision.   Once you have each point of view described, use the list to step through an issue or opportunity in your business, asking questions and describing the situation from that point of view.
     
  • Change your location!  If you're having trouble getting outside of your business then try physically getting out of your business.  Take a walk or grab a few minutes at a local coffeehouse.  It doesn't matter where you go, just that you are able to get away from the day to day distractions.
     
  • Encourage a culture of curiosity.  One of the best ways to challenge your point of view is to have others question it.  This might include brainstorming or problem solving with an outside source, such as a business coach or a mentor, but it also includes creating a culture where employees are empowered to be curious. 
     
  • Investigate other industries.  It's common to want to know what others are doing in your industry, but reading only about your industry can cause the same ideas to be recycled.  Find parallel industries where customer demographics are similar or where the business model is similar and find inspiration for your own business.

See Also:
 Velcro Leadership : Getting Unstuck
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