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Alternative solutions

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In principle, considering alternative solutions makes for better decisions. Exploring alternatives results in one or more of the following:

1. Builds faith in the leading option. We get to see that the leading option really is the best among alternatives.

2. Leads to a new, better solution.

3. Reveals that we do not have a clear handle on the problem. Posing alternative solutions pushes us to clearly define the problem that we are trying to solve.

When we invite alternatives and genuinely consider them, it also builds credibility among those we ask and increases chances of their participation in the solution.

Practical Tip: Even when you think you have the right answer, pose alternatives. Consider, “What are some other ways to approach this? How else could we get the job done? How else could we solve the problem?” Be wildly creative. Be hypothetical. Like a child posing dolls or trucks, be imaginative. Decide after you have posed and considered alternative solutions.

– Craig Freshley

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