I’ve often talked about the fact that there is no problem-free. But other than making a list of the problem sets and then choosing the set of problems you’d rather have, one of the best "look at it from another angle" examples I’ve seen in a long time is the idea of a ghoti. What’s a ghoti? It’s another way of looking at things. Tripped across it today over on Marketing Profs Daily Fix. Check this out:
Ghoti’s not pronounced like it looks. It’s actually an alternate spelling for the word "fish". The
- GH makes the F sound, like it does in the words lauGH or enouGH.
- O makes the I sound, like in the word wOmen.
- TI makes the SH sound, like in the word naTIon.
What’s it got to do with problem-solving? Well, when you first look at ghoti no one pronounces it like "fish". And when you first look at many problems they look like they can only be understood a certain way. But it’s really a matter of perspective. And in the words of Alan Kay, "perspective is worth 80 IQ points." Want to get smarter? Learn to look at things from a different angle…a new perspective…a ghoti.
Thanks to Paul Williams over at Marketing Profs Daily Fix for the idea. It’s a really good one!