How can I see a situation from the position of a neutral, outside
observer, instead of being excessively biased by my personal point of view?
Objectivity is the capability to become a neutral, detached observer.
Whether it is an interpersonal situation or an organizational problem, seeing
a situation from an outside, distant perspective creates new information
about whole system problems and outcomes. Going to an objective, third-person
viewpoint is the basis for systems thinking, receiving criticism and effective
What to do:
- Activate objectivity by sitting in the observer chair and talk from
third person. Describe the system you are in.
- Say to yourself: "I see my situation from an outside, neutral
perspective to gain additional information and see myself objectively."
- Become like a fly on the wall. Pretend you are Steven Speilberg watching
yourself in front of a camera. Detach yourself from the viewpoint of your
eyes and use your imagination to float up and to the side and see and hear
the situation from the outside. Think like Mr. Star Trek's Spock.
- Recognize that objectivity is the basis for systems thinking, receiving
and responding non-defensively to criticism and effective self-coaching.
Use it in situations where you and others will benefit.