Einstein quote on problem solvingEinstein is reputed to have said, “No problem can be solved by the same kind of thinking that created it.”
That’s a bit disheartening. Does that mean we can’t solve our problems?

We think, and enjoy the fruits of our thinking, but if that fruit is a problem, what then?

Einstein tells us that the one place we can’t find the answer to our problems is inside our own thinking – in what we already think, and what we already think we know.

He is not telling us what to think, but he does give us a good idea of what is not worth thinking. We need difference, not sameness. We need thinking beyond our own boundaries. How do we do that?

The more we sequester ourselves away from others ‘not like us’, the less likely we are to be exposed to thinking unlike our own, and therefore to solutions to our own problems.

This week spend some time with someone ‘not like you’ and, with simple non-judgemental curiosity, listen to their view of the world.

When reflecting on the conversation ask yourself, “What must be true for them to think that way?” and conversely, “What must be true for me to think my way?”

Here’s a question… Is your truth any more valid than theirs? Why?

My best wishes, Paul

By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Expert on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of new book “Learning Transfer at Work: How to Ensure Training >> Performance
and bestsellers “Capability at Work: How to Solve the Performance Puzzle
and “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times
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