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Storytelling can be an effective tool for detaching from a situation and gaining a more objective perspective, even when dealing with real goals and obstacles. In fact, using storytelling can be particularly helpful when facing real challenges because it allows us to step back and view the situation from a fresh perspective.
The participant is able to find new perspectives and approaches that lead to considering the problem more comprehensively and neutrally, have new insights and solutions that may not have been apparent before, free from the emotional biases and preconceptions that can cloud their judgment.
To harvest these insights, we will step into a space of peer coaching. It is a structured conversation between two peers (case giver & case listener) that uses language, imagery, feelings, and body sensations to facilitate the case giver’s learning and growth.
To gain a more comprehensive understanding and to find solid and sustainable solutions to the challenges we face in our everyday work, it is essential to move beyond our everyday experience and reasoning and take into account the broader systems and relationships that influence the situation.
This requires us to consider the immediate consequences of our actions and the potential long-term impacts on the wider system. Therefore, we can identify new opportunities and approaches that may not be apparent in our current reality.
The tool of choice is 3-D Mapping. It can be a valuable tool to move beyond linear reasoning. It enables users to visualize and understand complex systems, identify potential leverage points, and target interventions where they are most likely to have a positive impact. To harvest these insights, we will once again step into a space of peer coaching.
When solving a problem, we often follow a pattern where we analyze the situation, obtain data, and apply rational thought to arrive at a solution. This approach is effective in some situations, but it has its limitations. By focusing solely on the details of the problem at hand, we may miss the larger context and fail to see the broader implications of our decisions.
Pausing and calming minds are essential to gain a deeper perspective on a situation. By taking a step back and allowing ourselves to reflect, we can gain new insights and understandings that may have been overlooked in the heat of the moment. In this way, one can approach problems with a broader perspective and make more sustainable, meaningful, and fulfilling decisions.
There are many ways to calm the mind and gain a deeper perspective on a situation. Our tool of choice is a deep-focus exercise with guided mindfulness training.
When faced with complex decisions or challenging situations, it can be easy to fall into one of two extremes: mindless action or paralysis by analysis. Mindless action involves making impulsive decisions without considering the consequences, while paralysis by analysis involves overthinking and analyzing a situation to the point of inaction. The key is finding the right balance.
In using a mix of rational thought and intuitive wisdom, we become more mindful of any decision’s potential risks and uncertainties and be willing to adapt and adjust our approach as circumstances change. This requires a certain level of self-awareness that makes us flexible, open to new information, and willing to take calculated risks when necessary. It involves trusting our own judgment while also being willing to seek out the insights and perspectives of others.
The tool of choice to explore the middle way is bringing all new insights, perspectives and ideas into a (re)structured framework. For that, we use the storytelling canvas.