Did you know that vast majority of decisions are based on an underlying assumption?
The other problem is that it doesn’t just apply in business.
But let's just stay in the business for now.
One of the reasons I often rave to my clients about opportunity framing workshops is that participants get to learn about that one distinction that makes a difference when planning a project at an early stage.
Basically, it opens the conversation in such a way that people with different knowledge and awareness can contribute equally without being judged or criticized.
I call this Givens and Assumptions.
💛An Assumption is something we usually take for granted or presuppose while a Given is a conclusion you draw depending on your observations.
💙Moreover, we make Assumptions without any evidence or facts, while we say that something is a Given based on facts and evidence.
How could you use it?
When you get a group of people together involved in solving a problem, ask them to brainstorm for assumptions and givens.
Assumptions and Givens can relate to:
🟣Understanding what’s currently happening and why
🟤 Setting up drivers, measures of success, and targets
🟢 Finding the root causes of the problem
By introducing this simple distinction, you can help the group explore more what the problem is about and prevent them from jumping to conclusions too early.