I talk about “frameworks” a lot. What are they? Good question.

I think about the framework as the box within which we make decisions. Yep, “inside the box” is a good thing here!

The trick is to build a framework large enough to allow for flexibility and small enough to help make decisions efficiently. Having a framework allows you the freedom to solve problems.

Here’s a “framework” for considering this:

Picture yourself sitting on a chair in a completely dark room. You are told that the room is 8’ by 8’ with flat, solid and smooth floor and walls. The only thing in the room besides you is the chair on which you sit. Somewhere in the room, there is one regular sized door with a doorknob.  Would you be able to move around and find your way out?

Now try this:

Picture yourself sitting on a chair in a completely dark room. You are told nothing about the room. You don’t know how big it is, whether the floor is flat or drops off, if it’s full of furniture or if the walls are smooth or full of nails. Would you be able to move around and find your way out?

Point made? I thought so. Sometimes knowing something about the box gives you the freedom to move about.