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Chapter 35. Mastering Your Survival Skil... > A Toolbox of Techniques for Thinking...

A Toolbox of Techniques for Thinking About and Improving Relationships at Work

A few metaphors for thinking about these different techniques is to think of them as a set of tools in a toolbox, a collection of healing plants in a garden, or a selection of software for carry out different tasks. Whatever the metaphor, these are basically a repertoire of techniques you can draw on separately or together to help you better understand what's going on and what to do about it. The tools in this repertoire include:

Visualizing Possible Options and Outcomes

Visualization or mental imaging is an extremely powerful way of looking at a situation. Essentially, you see it like a series of photos or a film or stage play occurring in your mind's eye. You get a clear picture of what is happening now and then visualize what might happen in the future, based on what actions you take now. As you do, you can either see the situation play out in one or more ways, based on the different actions you take, or you can skip ahead in your mind to the last frame and see the result of each approach.


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