The New Year has begun and my story circle has me thinking about paradigms! As usual, I think about these things in the context of parenting and management, so here are a few thoughts to share.
A paradigm is a typical pattern or world view. A paradigm shift is a change from one way of thinking to another…a revolution, even a metamorphosis.
Dr. Stephen Covey has an excellent example in his book, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” He writes that he was “traveling in a subway, a man gets in with his two sons, the sons are running all over the place bothering the people, this continues, so he finally gets irritated enough to ask the father why he doesn’t do something to control his kids. The father replies, “We just got back from the hospital where their mother died. I don’t know how to handle it and I guess they don’t either.”
Suddenly you see the everything differently and that is the incredible power of a paradigm shift. Those are the same kids yelling and screaming in the subway, but you look at them and understand them in a different way.
When we seek to understand our children’s point of view, we often experience paradigm shifts.