When discussing an issue or solving a problem, people often jump to conclusions before they identify what the actual problem is – or what data they have at hand. This tool provides an orderly way to think about problems, starting with data and building toward conclusions. It enables us to see how our eventual conclusions are influenced by each step along the way – and how our decisions can be distorted by our failure to be aware of our own assumptions. (3 pages)
Note: People who want to learn more about the Circle of Assumptions may want to purchase the book “Straight Talk: Turning Communication Upside Down for Strategic Results at Work.”
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