Recently, I ran across a scenario challenge. The question goes like this- I’ll paraphrase, two people need an orange, but there is only one orange available. How should they handle their situation?
Of course the obvious solution seems to give each one a half of the orange.
But, not quite.
A better solution is to get an understanding of each other’s need. The reason- half of an orange will not meet the need of either. One person needs the orange to fill her cup of juice, and the other person needs to grate the orange rind for the Orange cake she is baking.
Without communication, both will fail to meet each other’s need if they assume slicing the orange in half is the solution. However, both will benefit if the skin of the entire orange is grated for the Orange cake and then the orange is squeezed for the juice.
Simply asking to understand the other’s need could have resolved the issue.