Changing approach when "it’s not working"

Perseverance is not always a virtue. It sometimes leads us to continue doing things which do not actually work... in the hope that our efforts will wind up bearing fruit in the end. But since this is not always the case, how can you change approach before wearing out?
Hunt out our useless repetitions
To say a thing 1 time, 2 times, 3 times without observing any effect - this is something that should draw our attention. Tireless repetition has little chance of producing the desired effect: why should things change if I myself change nothing? On the contrary, ineffective repetition tends to entrench us in a relational inertia: if I don't move, the other has no reason to move.       
Think about the interaction, not about the other or others       
It is tempting, when we don't get what we want, to think: "he doesn't want to", "they resist change", "he doesn't understand anything", "he is slow"... Tempting but not very productive because the view placed upon the other or others whom we find problematic only serves to reinforce a dynamic which is the opposite of what we want! It is better to think about the relationship which has been established between us and of which I am an agent: What do I say / do in this situation? What effect does that provoke? How do I react?       
Stop doing the usual thing       
Does that sound easy? Nonetheless, putting an end to asking, reproaching, and doing what is logical for us to do requires real effort and often appears risky: what will happen if I don't ask any more for what I'm not given? And what to do instead?
An initial stage could consist simply in stopping our habitual action (sometimes announcing it as a logical step, in view of events) and observing the effect produced. It's a question of trying out the "doing less of the same thing."       
Each question has only one correct response, but be careful: among the possible responses there is one that is "almost correct" and might make the choice harder!
1 / 3   Stop doing what you usually do
According to Palo Alto's model, what does the statement: "the problem is the solution" mean?
Faced with a problem, the difficulty is finding the solution
Even if this is true, this is not the scenario of Palo Alto's model
A problem has always several solutions
Sometimes true, but this is not what this statement means
A difficulty becomes a problem because we persist with an ineffective solution
Yes. The problem isn't' so much the difficulty itself rather our perseverance in a solution which doesn't' solve it
2 / 3   Recurring requests
You find your team asks for your advice too often. You have already asked them to be more autonomous, without success. What do you do?
You reiterate your demand with greater emphasis so they understand how important it is
If they haven't already acknowledged your demands, repeating won't change anything
You make sure you are less available on certain topics to show them, they can do them without you
Good idea! Not immediately replying to questions that they know how to handle will progressively lead your colleagues to functioning alone
You decide to no longer reply to certain demands
To no longer reply is a bit drastic! Otherwise, let them know on what you are no longer "available to help"
You program a training course on how to be more autonomous
Pointless! It is the dynamics of the work between you which need to evolve
3 / 3   Asking your superior
You've been alerting your superior for the last few months: "without extra resources, we will never reach our objectives». He seems to understand but doesn't provide the requested means. What do you do to get things moving?  
You tell him: "not reaching the objective will have consequences. I'd like us to look at them together to make sure we are ready to handle them"
Yes. If the previous alerts had no effect, it would now be better to discuss the consequences. The question of how to obtain the objectives might resurface
 You remind him of what is at stake: "without extra means, we won't reach the objectives and risk ..."  
Not sure that this will change anything as it has already been done 
You draw his attention to another problem: "if we do nothing, the team will become demoralised"
He knows this already. And probably thinks that you know how to manage the situation
  You alert his superior
Not a good idea! This could turn your superior against you which will not solve anything
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