Thursday, April 21, 2011

Role Play with History

You're wrestling with a significant problem. Take some time and ask how some or all of these people would handle it:
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Winston Churchill
  • George Washington
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • ?
You get my point. Step out of your shoes and consider a completely different perspective. Look for the positives and negatives of each person's approach. Don't rush to assume that their technique won't apply. See if a combination of two or more might be helpful. Jot down your observations.

[I met with a group several months ago on a leadership issue. The team members were arguing over the options. One question - "How would Teddy Roosevelt handle this?" - brought some smiles and a quick and practical resolution.]


Dan Richwine said...

Thanks to you, I've spent all day wondering what Teddy would do in every given situation. So far, I've slain 3 animals, blown up 2 bridges, and hog-tied my boss...

Michael Wade said...


I knew it would be helpful. Let me know when you finish the canal.