Uma Gupta writes on Shifting Perspectives

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The best solutions to the most complex of problems arrive at our doorstep when we shift perspectives, writes Uma Gupta. Shifting perspective requires five different elements. Some or all of these elements may be in play at any given time, writes Uma Gupta.

  • Shifting perspective requires that we look at the problem in a whole different way.
  • Shifting perspective requires that we look at solutions in a whole different ways.
  • Shifting perspective requires that we look at ourselves in a whole different way.
  • Shifting perspective requires that we look at our assumptions in a whole different way.
  • Shifting perspective requires that we look at our world in a whole different way.

It is only when we shift our perspectives can we be creative and innovative. Out-of-the-box thinking is all about shifting perspectives. Women can shift perspectives easily when it is a "good problem." A good problem, writes Uma Gupta, is one that is not personal, does not affect her in a personal way. An example of a "good problem" may be, "How do we keep children safe in a crowded mall?" On the other hand, a "negative problem," writes Uma Gupta can get us in knots easily. A "negative problem," is when we are treated in an unfair, unjust manner; or when we face betrayal, or marginalized. To shift perspectives when we deal with negative problems requires tenacity, writes Uma Gupta, a skill that can be developer.

PS: This material is copyrighted as it is part of an upcoming book by Uma Gupta. Please contact me for permission to use this material.

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