Levels of Perspective


Where you stand determines the problems and solutions you see.



We see things differently depending on how close or far we view them from. Each problem has an optimal place to stand to find the best solution. Look from all perspectives before you take a stand in one.


The LEVELS OF PERSPECTIVE PRIME is similar to BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT. If you’re stuck in traffic trying to get to an appointment, you can only see the taillights in front of you and be frustrated. But if you were able to tune into a radio report of an accident up ahead, or view the city grid from a helicopter or satellite above, you would know whether to turn onto a side street or simply call your appointment and reschedule. The perspective you gain from each additional view illuminates patterns and cause-effect relationships more clearly, contributing more information to your decision-making. Use these perspectives to help you make better decisions.


There are two things to remember here:

  1.  Arriving at the right perspective is important and takes thought.
  2.  Bringing everyone to the same level of perspective enhances discussions and helps avoid arguments.


It’s usually best to begin with an overall perspective, like the satellite or helicopter because they allow you to see patterns more clearly. When points of leverage and the root cause of a problem become apparent from the higher perspective, zoom in and address them from close up.


Too often, people use detailed management tools indiscriminately, such as Six Sigma and Total Quality Management. While these programs can be extremely helpful, they are too frequently used before determining where they will provide the greatest positive effect.



Take the time to gain higher-level PERSPECTIVES on problems of consequence and share what you learn with others as you work towards solutions.


Greater PERSPECTIVE produces better decisions.