Is Point of View Hiding the Answer to Your Problem?

Is Point of View Hiding the Answer to Your Problem?

One of my favorite quotes, so packed with insight, is that “perspective is worth 80 IQ points.”  Coined by the brilliant Alan Kay, this quote reminds us that identifying the best answer to a problem is directly related to perspective or point-of-view.

I like to say, don’t be surprised that you never see a better way of doing something if you never walk around and look at it from another angle.

When I’m on a consulting engagement, I frequently act out looking at something from another angle by physically walking around something and pointing out how different it looks from another angle.

Perspective, or point of view, is worth 80 IQ points.

This is why I often caution against simply adopting wholesale the small group ministry solutions of another, even a very successful small group ministry.

You must keep in mind that the success you observe from afar is based on circumstances and realities that aren’t true where you are.

“Perspective is worth 80 IQ points.”  What insurmountable challenge would become a thing of the past if you only changed your perspective?

Further Reading:

10 Assumptions that Shape My Small Group Ministry Strategy

10 Ideas that Have Shaped My Philosophy of Ministry

Supercharge Your Ministry Impact with These 5 Questions

5 Questions You Should Be Asking When Choosing a Small Group Model

6 Questions We Should All Be Asking

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