Things look different when you change perspective.
When you're stuck on a problem, it often helps to look at it from another perspective. This can be all that you need to do to come up with a great solution.
However, it is sometimes difficult to think about what these perspectives might be.
This is when a tool like the Reframing Matrix is useful. In this article, we'll look at how you can use it to look at problems from different perspectives.
The Reframing Matrix tool was created by Michael Morgan, and published in his 1993 book, "Creating Workforce Innovation." It helps you to look at business problems from various perspectives. Using these, you can come up with more creative solutions.
The approach relies on the fact that different people with different experiences are likely to approach problems in different ways. The technique helps you put yourself into the minds of different people, imagine the way that they would face these problems, and explore the possible solutions that they might suggest.
The Reframing Matrix is very easy to use. All you'll need is a pen and paper to get started.
Start by drawing a simple four-square grid, like the one pictured in figure 1 below.
Leave a space in the middle of the grid to define your problem, and then write the problem that you want to explore in this space.
Figure 1 – Reframing Matrix Step 1
The boxes around the grid are there for your different perspectives. If this four-box approach doesn't suit you, feel free to change it.
Now, decide on four different perspectives to use in your matrix. Two useful approaches for doing this are
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