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And what else?

August 23, 2010

And what else?’ is one of the most powerful phrases I know.

Simple as thought it appears, this phrase is central to unleashing potential and opening up your thinking to new pathways and options in life.

Once you personally are aware of a limiting situation or attitude, the longer the list of potential actions you can take to address it, the more choice and power you have over it. This little phrase is worth its weight in gold to help you.

When confronted with a problem or challenge, most of us can usually come up with a list of possible options to reach a solution. We often look to the past for inspiration or ask a more experienced colleague how they would act if placed in a similar situation.

While this approach may provide a workable solution, being ‘told’ the answer never has the same gravity or impact as coming to a realisation yourself. Others’ views and opinions come cheaply.

And this is where ‘And what else?’ comes in.

Once you think you have exhausted all your options, I challenge you to think up just a couple more. Being challenged to dig deeper forces you into creative space – the obvious and conventional routes are already covered. It’s time to throw away the rule book and ‘it’ll never work’ negative thoughts and just see what develops. You’ll be surprised!

Today’s world demands an innovative approach. How many times have you been told to ‘think outside the square’? But how?

Thinking ‘And what else?’ forces you outside the square – to stop and look afresh.

Try it.

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2 Comments
  1. Enjoyed your blog Matt! ‘And what Else?’ is indeed a powerful coaching question encouraging the client to rifle through their creative resources and generate alternative possibilities and ideas. Pushing away the negative to see the broader picture can stimulate ways to ensure some of those ideas come to fruition too.

  2. P McKeown permalink

    Hi Matt, “and what else” sounds like a useful tool to get some more creativity happening. Thanks for this idea!

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