A friend of mine has a young daughter. She is about 5 years of age and one weekend told him an amazing story. I was there and listened as she recounted her experience. It all sounded very convincing. At the end of the story, my friend asked his daughter – is that story true”
‘No, I’ve just made it up’, she replied, and ran off laughing.
You may feel that you have heard the story before – from politicians, bankers. financial advisers,and lawyers!!
Lewis Caroll summed it up in his great book Alice in Wonderland when Humpty Dumpty says, ‘When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean’ – neither more nor less’.
So, how can you find out what is true and what is not? In my work, as a psychologist, I have developed a model for Communication and Problem Solving. It is now being published and used both in schools and businesses.
It enables people to be clear on the key skills required to move from problems to solutions and discover what is true and what is false. The Communication and Problem Solving Model outlines the main skills that need to be used for critical thinking to resolve issues.
Amazing people used these skills well to make their achievements. For example, Thomas Edison, the great inventor and businessman, focused on getting his teams to test ideas in a practical way until they got a product. Dr Louis Pasteur, set up a laboratory in his own home, where he could search for scientific breakthroughs. In the process, he discovered that bacteria were the cause of infections. They both used the process of problem solving that we can apply to our own work.
The Amazing People Club is publishing a course to develop communication and problem solving skills in both schools and business organizations. This will be available in July 2012.