Test Multiple Interpretations and Points of View

Testing multiple points of view means taking deliberate steps to learn about multiple perspectives on a given situation. Being able to hold multiple interpretations of your situation allows for there to be numerous truths and experiences, all of which contribute to a more complete picture of your adaptive challenge.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  • What other stories have you heard about this problem? Conflicting? Slightly different?
  • What do you know for sure?
  • What is still unknown?
  • From your point of view, what needs to change?
  • From your biggest adversary’s point of view, what needs to change?
  • How would your personal role model or a person you go to for wise counsel interpret this situation?
  • Are there any interpretations you have been unwilling to entertain? If so, what are they?
  • Thinking of unusual voices, who else needs to be at the table?
  • What groups with a particular point of view exist?
  • What group are you a part of?