Handling stubborn people.

So what do you do when someone is being stubborn with their ideas?  How do you get them to open up their mind?

Being from the northeast, when I come across someone that is "stubborn", I sometimes just want to tell them "SNAP OUT OF IT"!  But I know that doesn't work in most cases. 

Here are a few ideas on how to modify your communication to get the "stubborn" person to see the light.

"There is probably more than one way to look at this."

"I certainly understand how you see it, but I see it a bit differently."

"Can you think of any other way to address the issue?"

"Are you open to hearing other people's ideas?"

"What are the pros and cons of the approach you are presenting?"

Please share your experiences and ideas.  Many times the person being stubborn hasn't been politely challenged on other options to solve a problem.