When discussing an issue or solving a problem, people often jump to conclusions before they identify what the root problem actually is or what data they have at hand. The Circle of Assumptions teaches us an orderly way to think about problems, starting with data and building toward conclusions. It enables us to see how easily our communication can be garbled by our failure to be aware of our own assumptions and how they affect the conclusions that we reach. It helps us to anticipate and to head off potential misunderstandings. (4 pages)
Note: People who want to learn more about the Circle of Assumptions may want to purchase a copy of the book “Straight Talk: Turning Communication Upside Down for Strategic Results at Work.”
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