Did you think this headline is a mistake? So did I in the first moment when I originally read that quote (source unknown) – how can there be a third option when there are only two?
And then I realized my linear and limited thinking. What the quote suggests is simply that there always are more ways than what we think we have available. Even when we have done elaborate research and are convinced to have ended up with the ultimate two options … there always are more that we haven’t “discovered” yet.
You don’t believe me? Ask any mediator. They would be irrelevant, wouldn’t they? Every sane human being can come up with one or two conflict resolutions by themselves. The job of a mediator, facilitator or coach is to help you over that hump called “that’s it, that’s all there is”.
What’s your experience?