Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Power of Perception

One of my favorite stories is the one about the five blind men and the elephant. None of the blind men had ever been exposed to an elephant and when one came into the village, a few people took the blind men up the the elephant so they could experience it. One blind man went up the the elephant's leg and concluded an elephant was like a tree. Another blind man felt the elephant's ear and determined that an elephant was like a large leaf. The third blind man felt the tail and decided an elephant was like a snake. Later the blind men all argued about the nature of the elphant.

While many people find the story amusing, not everyone understands the point. The fact is we are all blind men. We so often make decisions without having a full understanding of the problem.

Edward de Bono developed some thinking tools designed to broaden a person's perceptual screen. To experience more of the elephant. I recently shared these tools with Renaissance Executive Forums. Take a look at the mind map below and tell me what you think.

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