During challenging times, it’s particularly tough to imagine new possibilities and creative solutions. In fact, stressful conditions, economic issues, conflict, and uncertainty tend to make many people hunker and bunker. At such times it’s critical for a small business owner to ask questions that encourage and help redefine or restore a vision of a better future. Try asking questions like: "What would this issue look like if it was resolved and you were looking back on it six months from now?" or "What suggestions would a ‘future you,’ having found the solution, offer you today?"
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