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Key Words

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Key words is a good way to step back and look at the assumptions that are being made about the problem.
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Goal

To bring to the table assumptions about a problem that can be challenged .

To be aware of the meaning of key words and of the assumptions that individuals are working out of.

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Materials

  • Flipchart and Markers etc.

Instructions

During

Set Context

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.

Steps

  1. Get the group to compose a problem statement and write the statement on a flipchart or board.
  2. Ask the group what they consider 3 or 4 key words or phrases in this statement. Underline the words or phrases.
  3. Which word or phrase should we focus on first?
  4. 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.


Conclusion

Move to the next step.

Notes

Encourage discussion throughout the whole exercise.

After

Usual or Expected Outcomes: Deeper understanding of the assumptions and of the problem.

Background

Source: Sam Kaner, page 286

Derived from: "Lasso" in M. Doyle and D. Straus, How to Make Meetings Work New York: Jove Books, 1982

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