Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Let's Hit the Reset Button

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Let's Hit the Reset Button

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Change is inevitable, and most of us say we like it and embrace it. But, truth be told, we really don't. It was Einstein who observed that "the significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." So, asking the right questions is vital to our future, and that requires reframing and rethinking. Given the speed of change today, it may be that the ability to reframe and rethink, when honed, provides us with the greatest opportunity to wrestle successfully with ambiguity, paradoxes, uncertainty, and those things that, by design or default, divide us.

Stories often do this for us and can be a powerful mechanism for getting a new angle on a problem, which reminds me of what happens when I read a particular story to my grandchildren - the one they never tire of hearing. When it is bedtime and I select a new book from the shelf, it is never the right one. No matter how cogent my argument for reading it may be (essentially, I am on the lookout to escape boredom), the children insist, "No! Read hat book!"

The hat book, Jon Klassen's We Found a Hat, tells the ageold tale of two turtles who happen on a cowboy hat in the desert. Once, while reading this book (for the 1,000th time), I started to read sentences, stop suddenly, and point at words randomly for the kids to complete. The children squealed with delight and pride as they completed each sentence, filling in the words hat and dream along with others in the appropriate places. They knew these words because the storytelling had emblazoned them into their memories. These words, which arrive unconsciously, are now a part of their vocabulary!

But I digress and must return to Jon Klassen's story. The hat looks good on both turtles, but the conundrum is there is only one hat. This children's book reminds us that scarcity, or the perception of scarcity, can lead to drama. At its core, the story is about a conflict that causes turmoil and the ability of the two turtles to find a resolution. It also highlights the power of team thinking and the power of collective wisdom.

Yes - teams. There is no one person who knows it all. Research on team survival exercises shows that teams outperform individuals close to 98 percent of the time.

Life, as we know, is a series of adjustments. Nature itself embodies the coming together of opposing forces: wind, water, fire, and changes in the ecosystem. Yet, as we always seem disturbed when conflict arises, it can help to remember that there are basically four forms of conflict. …

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