Lying in bed, awake ahead of the alarm always gives me some thinking time, sometimes useful, sometimes frustrating.
This morning I was somehow thinking back over the past few months, wondering why some of the difficult situations arose. I realised it was generally because people (myself included) either tried to apply something different when the previous approach would still apply, or tried to use the same approach when something totally different was needed.
So as usual I came to unanswerable questions, which in turn drove me to get up and make myself some coffee (question is this a working or non-working approach?)
When details change, but the principles should remain the same, why on earth do people lose sight of what was good or useful in the past and start making the same mistakes as were made in the past?
When the basic principles change, why do people assume that what worked previously will still work?
So really what I’m asking myself is how do you teach people to tell the difference, have just the details changed, or have the basics?