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Seemingly Unresolvable Dilemma

Stuck with a seemingly unresolvable dilemma?

Not sure how to play it… which way to jump?

Think back over your life and career. Who was the most outstanding leader or mentor you ever worked with or saw in action? Whose style and way of going about things has left an indelible print in your memory banks?

Ok… now imagine that person faced with your insurmountable problem. How would they have reacted to it? How would they have dealt with it, practically and emotionally? How long would they have taken about arriving at a solution? Would they have gone about it on their own or brought others into the equation?

This technique works in more than one way. First of all, imagining that the problem is someone else’s will help ease some of the tension it’s giving you. Secondly, it can help get rid of the blind spot that’s stopping you from finding a way forward. Most importantly, it can get you quickly to a solution that you can be confident in, because you know it would have worked for your mentor.

No matter how difficult the problem or problems you face as a leader, there is always a best response. Reflecting on the modus operandum of an impressive leader or mentor from your past should help you find the answer.


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