To be aware of the meaning of key words and of the assumptions that individuals are working out of.
- Flipchart and Markers etc.
1. We want to take a look at the problem from a slightly different angle. We will look at key words or phrases and the assumptions we are working with.
2. This should help us understand the problem from different perspectives.
- Get the group to compose a problem statement and write the statement on a flipchart or board.
- Ask the group what they consider 3 or 4 key words or phrases in this statement. Underline the words or phrases.
- Which word or phrase should we focus on first?
- Once that has been identified ask the following questions:
- Thinking about that word what questions come to mind when you see it? (Record all the responses to this question.)
- What assumptions does this word suggest that could be challenged? (Record these.) Discuss the assumptions.
Repeat steps 2 through 4 for each word.
Encourge discussion throughout.
Move to the next step.
Encourage discussion throughout the whole exercise.
Usual or Expected Outcomes: Deeper understanding of the assumptions and of the problem.
Source: Sam Kaner, page 286
Derived from: "Lasso" in M. Doyle and D. Straus, How to Make Meetings Work New York: Jove Books, 1982