It’s a dark, stormy, windy, cold, rainy, ugly night and you’re driving past a bus stop. At the bus stop, you see three people: an old friend who once saved your life, an old lady who’s dying, and your dream partner.
You only have room for one other person in your Smart Car. If you pick up your friend, you will repay him for saving your life. If you bring the old lady to the hospital, she might live. If you leave your dream partner, you know you’ll never find them again.
What do you do, and why? Think about this question and think of what your answer would be.
This question was asked as part of an interview process for a competitive job spot. The following is the answer of the applicant who finally got the job.
“I would give the car keys to my friend to drive the old lady to the hospital and get himself out of the rain. Then I would wait for the bus with my dream partner.”
You see, most of us accept the options given.
Ask yourself? Did you accept the trade-off that the riddle set up for you?
The author of the riddle anchors your thinking into a WIN/LOSE situation; where it positions every answer as a tradeoff.
How many times do we anchor our thinking into WIN/LOSE situations? Where we blind ourselves from the possibilities of creative WIN/WIN outcomes?
Do you believe that everything is a trade-off?
Or, can synergistic solutions create benefit for all parties?
Next time you’re facing a difficult decision with a WIN/LOSE or LOSE/LOSE tradeoff, ask yourself;
“What options can I create that aren’t already in front of me?”