Last week, I was an advisor to two groups of people who were contemplating joining forces to launch a community-based project. This project has the potential to serve a group of children and young adults who have very limited resources. At first, the two sides were rather far apart on how they viewed each other and as a result were jumping to conclusions that served no one.
I asked a lot of questions to help them see the other’s point of view. Once much of the conclusion jumping stopped, they found areas of agreement, the project is moving forward.
There is a reason conclusion jumping rarely helps. The real value is in taking a step back, finding out a bit more about the people, situation, and circumstances. Time, listening, and patience can take you far.
Have a great week,