Sometimes the home field can be so constrained that a curious outsider is truly the only one who can see the solution.*
We know the situation better than anyone else. The knowledge we can call upon is voluminous. Our position is well thought through and tested. And yet the solution evades us.
The outsider who deeply listens and then reframes the problem from a perspective that seems to have nothing to do with the issue- or situation-at hand may be the one who helps us to our solution.
May we be open to the outsider and also be the outsider to others, not underestimating what it is we bring when we are prepared to deeply listen.
*From David Epstein’s Range.