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There once was a great oak tree that stood tall and mighty. It was strong and proud. It commanded attention as it shaded the landscape around it, while holding birds’ nests and squirrels in its branches. Anyone looking at it could see how majestic it was.
Recently, a friend told the story of an experience with a co-worker. Reflecting on a client meeting where both were present, my friend was told she needn’t attend any more client meetings, because she wasn’t speaking up and sharing ideas to get more sales from the client. The co-worker suggested my friend should go back to their former role, rather than provide the strategic input of their current job.
Have you heard about this trick, used by hunters to catch small monkeys? A banana is placed in a jar with a small opening. The monkey reaches into the jar, grabs the banana, and is caught by the hunters, because the monkey refuses to let go of the banana.
“It was Mrs. Peacock with the Candlestick in the Conservatory.” Have you ever played Clue? The goal is being first to identify the victim of foul play, by deducing the answer from clues you discover as the game progresses.
Our Upper Limit Problem (ULP) is providing us with clues, also. They’re right in front of us. We just have to look for them. If we know what we’re looking for, we can track our Upper Limit Problem back to the source.
In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and her companions set off to see the wizard on the yellow brick road. As they enter the scary forest, they chant the well-known phrase, “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” As I considered the challenge of upper limit problems, limiting beliefs, and fears, I was hearing their chant in my head.