Life is full of problems. Problems that seem impossible to solve. Personal problems. Family problems. Problems at work, in our neighbourhood, and in the world at large.
Albert Einstein reportedly said, “The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.”
So what is the alternative way of thinking that can help us with problem solving? Stephen R Covey calls it the 3rd Alternative.
Most conflicts are two-sided. The 1st Alternative is my way, the 2nd Alternative is your way. By synergizing, we can go on to a 3rd Alternative – our way, a higher and better way to resolve the conflict.
People with the 2-Alternative mind-set see only competition, never cooperation; it’s always “us versus them”. 2-Alternative thinkers often can’t see other people as individual human beings – only their ideologies. They…
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